Published: 2021-09-20 20:38
Last Updated: 2022-05-18 14:47
Sunday, security forces in Egypt arrested the parents of an 11-year-old bride-to-be and 12-year-old groom-to-be an hour after announcing their engagement in a village in Giza, according to Al Arabiya.
The engagement party took place Friday, Sept. 17.
The celebration was cut short after pictures of the newlyweds were posted on social media, which led to security forces tracking down the details of the event.
Then, the security forces found the parents, arrested them and referred them to prosecution for investigation, according to Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood.
The Egyptian Child Support System was informed about the incident on Saturday through their designated hotline, after the photos of the children went viral on social media and people began to report about it, according to the secretary-general of the council, Sahar al-Sunbati.
Sunbati condemned the incident, stating that it violated the provision of Article 80 of Egypt’s constitution which stipulates that the state is obliged to intervene in cases where children are subject to violence, abuse or ill-treatment.