Blog 12-year-old Thea, which is October 11, the International Day of the girls allegedly had to marry a 37-year-old Geir, stirred up the blogosphere and attracted media attention around the world.Thousands of people joined in the discussion and tried to convince the girl to say “no” in front of the altar. Opponents of early weddings even created a special resource for voting – Stoppbryllupet .However, it seems widely publicized wedding will not take place as part of a promotion organization Plan .
75 years of Plan protects the rights of children in 50 countries, the organization is positioning itself as independent of religious, political or governmental flows. The current campaign is to draw the world’s attention to the problem of early marriages are practiced in many countries around the world and often lead to mass mortality of girls during pregnancy and childbirth.
Charitable organization claims that annually forced into marriage, about 39 thousand children, most of the early weddings occurred in South India and sub-Saharan Africa.
“We believe that provocation is a powerful tool to demonstrate the reality, which is really quite provocative. We hope that people are mobilized against child marriages and the actual purchase of minors concubines, with which young girls and young women face every day. Hopefully, history will help Thea another of her peers to avoid cruel fate “- leads the organization of the British declaration Metro . Join the movement to protect the girl child can in Facebook .
In just a few days before the wedding organizers recognized that a blog is a fake, and photos from the engagement, wedding dress fitting and many others – staged. Now blog Thea instead of stories about the anticipation of the girl marriage joys there were references to horrific stories of young girls who gave married in 12-14 years, as well as data on mortality in early labor. “If the situation remains the same over the next 10 years, 142 million girls will be married before they turn 18,” – said in an address to the readers.
This year, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon promised to focus on the problem of early marriage and called on governments, communities and families “to allow girls to be girls,” recalls The Independent .
In Norway, we recall, are allowed to marry only 18 years old, so the wedding of Thea, if it takes place, will be illegal.
In Russia, in the XVI century, the minimum age of marriage was established for young men aged 15, for girls – 12 years. Currently Family Code specifies that the age of marriage is 18 years old, the age of sexual consent – in 16 years. In this case, to get married or to marry can be before, for good cause and with the consent of the guardianship authorities. The possibility of marriage from the age of 14 provided by local law in the Rostov, Moscow, Vologda, Vladimir, Samara and Kaluga regions. In Tver, Murmansk and Ryazan regions wedding Allowed 15 years, and in Novgorod and Orel regions, as well as the Republic of Bashkortostan in general there are no restrictions on age.
In 2009, the Criminal Code was amended, under which a person convicted of sexual relations with minors (since 14 years) may be exempted from criminal punishment, if married to the victim or the victim.
However, as practice shows, in Russia happen and earlier marriages. So, the other day in the Krasnoyarsk Krai district hospital doctors discovered pregnancy in a malaise received a 13-year-old schoolgirl. As it turned out, she was cohabiting with a 20-year-old man for two years. Although the girl’s mother against this state of affairs does not mind about the future of his father opened a criminal case.