• Cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl

    Cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl

    An elderly cleric has been arrested in Afghanistan after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the war-battered country.

    Mohammad Karim, said to be aged around 60, was held in central Ghor province as he claimed her parents gave him the girl as a “religious offering”, officials said.

    But they cited the family of the girl, believed to be in shock, as saying that she was abducted from western Herat […]