Parents should be punished for marrying off their young daughters

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Posted October 22, 2012 from Uganda

It has been reported that in Kanungu District in Southwestern Uganda a 12 year old girl had been given away to a timber dealer by her father in consideration for money. Thank God that the mother was against the marriage and notified the district officials who have managed to rescue the girl and the police together with the district officials are looking for the father who is currently on the run.

We need to be vigilant to ensure that early child marriages are prevented. Girls need to be given a chance to study and a chance to have a bright future. STRONGLY say NO NO NO NO to such absolute cultures and customs.

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bewa
Nov 02, 2012
Nov 02, 2012

Thank you Anita, for sharing this. Until women and girls are no longer thought of as property/commodity- possessions to be traded and sold- there will be no equality. Thank you for raising this important issue. How strong the mother was to stand up for her daughter. You bring up a good point- change is difficult, but when people stand up it can make a difference. I also agree, that education is important for children and their future. Stay strong Anita. Thank you again.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 04, 2012

Thank you so much Bewa for your wise words. God Bless you my dear. Stay Blessed

Leslie Stoupas
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 15, 2012

Saying no is so important! I am glad this mother was able to stand up for her daughter. I am also grateful that you are able to share this story with us. It is such a good reminder of how important it is to respect a woman's personal self and that girls should not be allowed to be used as debt payment for others! Thank you for sharing this story, Anita.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 15, 2012

Thank you Leslie. More mothers should learn from this and stand up for their children especially their daughters in the African setting. That is the only way thi vice is going to stop. Stay blessed my sister

Maya Norton
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 19, 2013

Anita, did you see this recent story? I'm liking to my page on Facebook instead of the original story as it lists multiple sources: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=581401338550932&set=a.1686979998.... It's an ugly business, using a daughter (or being forced to) to pay off a debt. My heart goes out to this family.

~ Maya