Mexican Girl Fleeing Forced Marriage Detained By Police
Faizan Hashmi 9 days ago Thu 25th November 2021 | 03:00 PM
Chilpancingo, Mexico, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Nov, 2021 ) :A 14-year-old indigenous girl was detained by Mexican police after fleeing her community to avoid a forced marriage, human rights defenders said Wednesday.
The girl, identified as Anayeli "N", escaped her poverty-stricken community in Joya Real to avoid being sold and married to a 16-year-old boy in exchange for around $10,000 that would have been paid to her family.
She was detained in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero for 14 hours after being captured on Monday night, said Abel Barrera Hernandez, director of the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center.
Marriage between minors was legally banned in Mexico in 2019, but indigenous communities continue to enforce such unions under a tradition that critics have said traps women in abuse and leaves the groom's family mired in poverty, with calls growing for its abolition.
Indigenous people represent around 10 percent of Mexico's population of 126 million, and almost 70 percent live in poverty without access to basic services, according to official figures, leading to the commodification of ancestral dowry rituals to raise money.
During a visit to the state last year, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused to intervene in indigenous practices, saying they were not widespread.