In Pakistan, because of religious and cultural custom, according to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), girls are forced to marry before their 14th birthday. Parents do this despite the protestations of the girls because it is the right thing to do and because they love their daughters. Daughters older than 14 are considered old maids and unlikely to attract suitors. Parents want to fob off financial responsibility.

Rejected suitors often retaliate by throwing acid in the girl’s face. These girls usually bear a child within a year. Because they are so young and malnourished, they develop fistulas and become incontinent and unable to have intercourse. Because of the smell they are banished to cattle barns. Their husbands then abandon them. Despite this, tradition triumphs. What a revolting country!

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)