Child Marriage: 8 Year-Old Girl Divorces Her Husband, 14, In India

Published On: November 20, 2013, 4:33 pm (7 years ago)
Author: Victor A. Ofoma
[1] 2

Arjun Bakridi - The "husband"
An eight year old girl has become the youngest person ever to be divorced in India after she was married off aged just four. Fatima Mangre was given away by her father Anil, from the Shravasti district of Uttar Pradesh state, in an arranged a marriage with 10-year-old Arjun Bakridi.

However when the boy arrived four years later to take his new bride away, Anil said he wanted the girl to wait until she was 18 before leaving.

He said: 'I finally realised that this practice of marrying off daughters so young was wrong and that she should have a childhood, and that it was my duty to provide that.' However Arjun's father Dipak was unhappy with the decision, and an argument broke out after which Anil filed for divorce.

The state government of India's has called for an inquiry into the incident that happened last week at Nakhi village in the Shravasti district of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

It ordered the probe after the New Delhi-based National Commission for Women (NCW) member Nirmala Samant sent a letter, demanding details of the divorce and threatening action against the parents of the girl and the boy. She said:

'This is a scandal, we need more details before taking action. The girl's father must answer why he married her off at four years old and the boy's father must answer why he agreed to such a marriage and then went to demand the girl when she is barely eight years old.

'This is insensitive, controversial and objectionable,' she added. However Fatima's father has already written to NCW, saying he should be pardoned because he stopped his daughter from being taken away by her in-laws.

'I have already admitted my mistake. Social pressures are high in our village. But the marriage has been annulled. I have admitted it was wrong to marry her off so early,' he said in a handwritten note.

He added: 'I now want to make things right. I want to give my daughter a good childhood. I will do everything to protect her.' Mr Bakridi has gone into hiding following the altercation. According to UNICEF, over 32.9 percent of the girls are married against the national average of 22.1 percent below the legally permissible age of 18 in the state.

The Shravasti district accounts for the majority underage weddings in India where the female literacy is just 19 per cent.

Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 04:33 PM | Gistmaniac
Ok oh I see am
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 04:43 PM | Newbie
Every brainless news always comes from india.... Very irritating country and tradition.
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 04:48 PM | Upcoming
 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 04:50 PM | Gistmaniac
Dem no get sense, mumu ppl
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 04:52 PM | Gistmaniac
I hope say bros yerima dey see this sha.              Eneh say so via nokia 3310
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 04:55 PM | Gistmaniac
Angry Angry let kids b kids...why marriage at dat age ??
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 05:07 PM | Addicted Hero
Hmmm! strange things are happenin every day,indians and their stupid traditions.
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 05:09 PM | Upcoming
micc micc (m)
Ok na
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 05:32 PM | Hero
micc micc (m)
Ok na
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 05:32 PM | Hero
perverted customs.
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 05:39 PM | Gistmaniac
Incredible India
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 05:40 PM | Upcoming
Na islamic tradition o

Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 05:41 PM | Gistmaniac
Dis is sickness. Wat!!!
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 06:26 PM | Addicted Hero
strange news na we dey hear for in side lndia  Shocked Shocked
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 06:41 PM | Hero
Its just one strange tori afta d oda
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 06:59 PM | Addicted Hero
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 07:08 PM | Gistmaniac
Ridiculous !
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 07:28 PM | Hero
Quote from: emekaeneh on 20-11-2013 04:55 PM
I hope say bros yerima dey see this sha.              Eneh say so via nokia 3310
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 07:47 PM | Upcoming
Roll Eyes
Posted: (7 years ago) on 20-11-2013 08:23 PM | Hero
[1] 2


  1. Popular Warri Billionaire, Chief Ayiri Emami Narrowly Escapes Assassination

  2. Arewa Twitter Are Massively Unfollowing and Canceling Davido, See Why

  3. Olasunkanmi, 9ice’s New Wife, Finally Breaks Silence On Her Husband's Cheating Scandal

  4. YAY or NAY? What is Wrong With This Nigerian Couple's Pre-wedding Photo

  5. D'Banj Gives us a Quick Look Into The Interior Of His New Mansion in Lagos

  6. 36yr Old Sensational Singer, Asa Reveals Why She Is Yet To Marry In Exclusive Interview (VID)

  7. Actress Mercy Johnson Shares Lovely Photos From Daughter, Divine's Dedication

  8. SMH! How Young Kelvin Accidently Killed Himself By Hanging on Ceiling Fan in Lagos

  9. Nigerian Army Demotes Major-General Olusegun Adeniyi After His Complaint Video Went Viral

  10. Watch Trailer For New "Nneka The Pretty Serpent" Remake

  11. You Can Now Be Easily Discovered on Internet As Google Introduces 'People Card'

  12. WHAT DO I DO? My Husband Caught Me in Bed With Another Man, Yet He Still Buys Me Gifts

  13. Uche Maduagwu Drags Davido Badly For Delaying in Paying Chioma's Dowry (Video)

  14. Nigeria Don't Have Weapons To Defeat Boko Haram - Lai Mohammed

  15. ONLY IN NAIJA! Lady Shows The Handwritten Boarding Pass She Got From A Nigerian Airline

  16. Gay Rights Activist, Bisi Alimi Marks 16yrs of Living With HIV Says The Virus No Longer Scary

  17. SMH! Photos Of 6 Year Old Child Tortured And Starved By Her Abusive Foster Mother in Anambra

  18. Medical Doctor, Bassey Goddy Usen Sentenced to 14yrs Jail Term For N5m Fraud

  1. Drama As SSS 3 Student Proposes To His English Teacher In Lagos (Photos)

  2. VIDEO: Secondary School Girls In Nigeria Doing Dirty Dancing In Class

  3. Wizard Allegedly Returning From Coven Crash Lands On Roof Top In Delta (Video)

  4. Curvy Nigerian Lady Puts Her Big Backside On Display Says Its All For Wizkid (Video)

  5. OMG! Woman Murdered Mother And Chopped The Body Into Pieces In Ikot Ekpene (Photos)

  6. Meet Ebere Asonibe, A Young Female Graduate Who Is A Native Doctor (Photos)

  7. Strange Man Comes Out To Claim Paternity Of Gospel Musician, Tope Alabi's Daughter, Ayomikun

  8. "I Wash Mr. Eazi's Pants" - Billionaire Heiress, Temi Otedola Reveals On Their Podcast

  9. American Rapper & New Mum, Nicki Minaj Shares Voice Record Of Her Son & It's Amazing

  10. PHOTO: Endowed Actress, Eniola Badmus Shows Of Her Hot Body In Bikini