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‘She was a gift’ – Afghan priest, 60, arrested after marrying six-year-old girl

A CLERIC has been arrested after marrying a six-year-old girl in Afghanistan.


The 60-year-old Muslim priest claimed the child was a “religious offering” and sent to him as a “gift”.

He claimed the ’s parents were aware of the marriage that took place in a village on the Ghor province of central Afghanistan.

But the child’s parents claim their daughter was kidnapped from Herat province in western in June.

Cleric Sayed Mohammad Karim defended the marriage in a radio interview.

He said: “The girl was given to me as a gift and we were married so I could raise her.

After the parents gave their daughter to me, they said, ‘you can take her wherever you want.’”

The wedding took place during Ramadan in from of 40 guests.

Deputy police commander of Ghor, Mohammed Zeman Azami, said: “This man has said his wedding to this girl was approved by her mother and father.

“We spoke to her parents and they strongly deny


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