Published: 2017-08-31 10:59
Last Updated: 2017-08-31 12:53
Israeli police in the city of Lod prevented a 14-year-old Jewish girl from getting married on Monday.
The girl, her father and her groom-to-be were arrested at a wedding hall before the ceremony could take place, reported The New Arab.
The girl’s father, a Hasidic rabbi, was due to conduct the ceremony.
According to Israel’s Channel 2, who were at the venue documenting the event, the groom, who is his twenties, has now been placed under house arrest.
Despite Monday’s successful intervention by the Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, there is no way of monitoring whether the girl and her family will set a secret wedding date in the future, local welfare ministry officials told the channel.
In 2013, Israel raised the minimum age of marriage to 18 from 17. However, exceptions to the rule can be made with permission from a family court.
A 2016 report by a Kenesset committee revealed that 716 underage marriages took place in Israel between 2014 and 2015.