Women's Issues In Guyana

Senior citizen remains in police custody after marriage to 13-year-old

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on September 19, 2005
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Kaieteur News – September 19, 2005

The 71-year-old man who was detained by the police for allegedly ‘living home’ with a 13-year-old girl in Essequibo remains in police custody.

However, the teen has been sent by the Ministry of Social Services to Georgetown as investigations into the matter continue. This newspaper understands that the senior citizen was arrested last Friday after residents of Lima Sands reported that the teen was the man’s mistress even
though she was attending school.

Reports are that a marriage also took place under Muslim rites (nikka) some weeks ago and that the parents of the teen agreed to the union because of financial problems.

“The parents receive money from their 71-year-old son-in-law and they somewhat agreed to the marriage. But the child is a minor; how could they do such a thing,” one resident in the area lamented.

Reports are that when officers from the Social Security and Welfare Department contacted the girl’s parents they were abused and threatened by the father of the 13-year-old.

One resident told this newspaper that the matter came to light after the girl began ‘acting strange’. “Her actions were not like a schoolchild, but a grown woman,” the resident noted.

Investigations are continuing into the matter.

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