Home World Passers-by react angrily as middle-aged man marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)

Passers-by react angrily as middle-aged man marries 12-year-old girl (Photos)

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A little girl of 12-years-old, wearing make-up, poses for photographs as she appears to marry a middle-aged man in this shocking wedding video.

This horrifying footage also seems to show her suit-clad husband, who is at least four decades older than her, clinging on to her.

Shot in Lebanon, the video has sparked an international outcry.

But, thankfully, the child bride and her groom were actors.

Amassing more than 1.7 million views since it was released, the clip offers up a window into another world where thousands of young girls in Lebanon, Syria and around the world who are forced into marriage.

Actors in video about child brides in Lebanon
Outrageous: actors in video about child brides in Lebanon pose for wedding photo

Nearly 15 million girls who are as young as eight are forced to marry older men sometimes in their sixties and senventies.

According to the United Nations Population Fund more than 1.2 billion girls will be forced into child marriage by 2050.

Now the Government in Lebanon has introduced legislation it hopes will pass that will require all marriages to have a civil registration in an attempt to outlaw it.

Actors in video about child brides in Lebanon
Unhappy: child brides in Lebanon can give permission at age of 14 but can legally be married at 9

Currently parents can give permission for their children to marry at the age of nine while a girl can give consent herself at the age of 14.

Campaigner Maya Ammar said: “The scene was supposed to seem shocking because the practice itself is shocking.”

YoutubeHeartbreaking campaign video of child bride being photographed in Lebanon shines spotlight on 37,000 child marriages every day
Heartbreaking campaign video of child bride being photographed in Lebanon shines spotlight on 37,000 child marriages every day

It is thought one in three girls from low to middle income families are married before they turn 18.

And one third of those girls are less than 15-years-old.

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