Every culture has it definition of what is acceptable within the manner in which they perceive themselves, and in most part they are right and society will mostly tolerate the way in which people and their culture impact on us.
I am not here to judge or to cast aspiration on the way in which other people live within the confines of their culture however, I cannot in all honesty see where it is acceptable for a fifteen year old child to be forced into an arrange marriage or what can she bring to that marriage apart from naivety.
These individuals that force their daughters to be married at that age are damaging the child and in my opinion this is child abuse and I cannot understand the mentality of the people who would allow their children to have to endure this out-dated and ridiculous tradition.
To read about the torture that this child endure in what is suppose to be an arrange marriage is unacceptable to society and the people who perpetrate this vile behaviour should be charged with child abuse, reckless endangerment of a minor and put in prison where they belong.
It is understandable that life in countries such as Afghanistan must be very difficult to tolerate and the citizen have to endure problems that we should not be seeing in the 21st century and irrespective of the wars that have been fought in order to improve the lives of these people, no one can honestly say that they are better off than before the war.
But, that is no justification for a mother or father for that matter to hand over their child to some paedophile, because that is exactly what those men are who believe that it is acceptable for them to marry children so young. They may be of the impression that having a young wife is cool, it is not it is a disgraceful behaviour and irrespective of what tradition exist within the culture there should be an acceptable boundary that one does not cross and taking a child of that age for a wife is crossing the boundary.
I am please that the Afghanistan government, find the behaviour of these individuals repugnant and that they will not only use words, but put in place legislation to prevent these underage marriage continuing in the country,