According to war correspondent Mustafa Kazemi, an 8-year-old girl was recently murdered by her husband, a Muslim mullah, on the day of their wedding. Kazemi's source, a medical doctor, said there was nothing that could be done to save her life.
The girl was one of the several daughters of a man in his late 30s. For an unknown reason he gave his daughter to the Mullah of their village for a big amount of money. It is also common in Afghanistan's rural areas or 3rd level provinces/cities to marry young girls to old men, and trading their daughters for their debts or other items.
The mullah is in his late 50s and is the mosque guy of the village where this incident happened.
Child marriages are a significant problem around the world. The Ford Foundation reports that 10 million child marriages take place each year.
Last year the London Daily Mail reported that a 5-year-old girl was married in the U.K.
In biblical times girls often married while in their teens. According to the New York Daily News, "The Virgin Mary was most likely a teen mom, but that wasn’t taboo back then. Life expectancy was 45 to 50 years, and girls were married off as soon as they hit puberty."
The Christian humanitarian relief organization World Vision reports that "the current global food crisis is exacerbating the practice, pushing more poor families to send young daughters into marriage in their struggle to cope with the strains of deeper poverty and hunger."