A forty-year-old man got his wife pregnant. Not really something to write about – right? I mean, husbands and wives have babies all the time. But, what if we told you that the wife, in this case, was only 12 years old. Now that is a story. The man was arrested when he brought the girl to the Xuzhou City Central Hospital in East China.
She had either been brought to China as a foreign bride or she had been abducted. Before you go getting all upset about child brides in China – just know that there are child brides all over the world and even in the United States. Religious groups like Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Catholic, and Buddhist, have allowed children to marry.
In New Jersey, between 1995 and 2012 over 3,330 children got married – and they had parental consent. Most of those children, however, were 16 or 17 years old. Others were just 13 and the judges gave consent for them to be married.