Distressing footage shows a five-year-old girl crying uncontrollably as she is dragged through a wedding ceremony in a forced marriage in India. The child was one of many boys and girls being wed at a mass ceremony in Rajasthan, which has some of the highest rates of underage marriage in India. Footage showed another girl breaking down as male relatives physically forced her through the necessary rites, while many of those being married or betrothed appeared to be under 10 years old. The Saarthi Trust, a local charity that campaigns against child marriage, said the video showed a ceremony in the city of Chittorgarh. At least three people involved in the mass ceremony have been arrested, while several others remain on the run. The men are among the suspects identified in the footage, which has been broadcast across India by news networks and websites.
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These sexual initiations begin once menstruation starts and sometimes involve sticks being inserted inside the girls, Persilia Muianga of international aid agency World Vision said. She added that some mothers force young daughters to sleep with a man in the belief this can bring on menstruation. Anglican priest Jackson Jones Katete said initiations in Zambia happen among girls between the ages of eight and 13, and may involve girls being cut by women for not performing sexual movements correctly. And then the men come The training, which can last a week and is shrouded in secrecy, also teaches girls about hygiene, domestic duties and how to conduct themselves in the community, Muianga said, adding that community leaders fine parents if they do not take their daughters to the initiations. Muianga, a child protection expert, said the sexual age of consent in Mozambique is 12 and many girls have babies very early, putting their lives at risk. Serious childbirth injuries such as fistulas are a big problem because so many girls have babies before their bodies are ready, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation during the conference in the Moroccan city Casablanca.
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A five-year-old girl who grew breasts aged two and started her period at four is now being forced to go through the menopause. Little Emily Dover was still a toddler when she developed breast buds, strong body odour and cystic acne - to her parents' shock. She started menstruating at just four years old and, within the past 12 months, has grown hair on her forehead, back and vagina. Now, she is facing going through the menopause - as well as the same, often distressing, side effects that older women experience. Her mum, Tam Dover, told Mirror Online her beautiful daughter is body conscious, aware that she is different to other children her age.
An year old girl who became pregnant after being raped was forced to give birth after Argentine authorities refused to allow her the abortion to which she was entitled. After 23 weeks of pregnancy, she had to undergo a procedure similar to a caesarean section on Tuesday. The baby is unlikely to survive.