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September 30, 2003

Unwilling bride

Here is something I want banned.

Romanian Roma princess Ana Maria, 12, cries as she tries to escape her lavish wedding to a 15-year-old Roma boy in Sibiu, 250km northeast of Bucharest, September 27, 2003. The unwilling bride, whose marital age is common among Romania's traditional Roma who are estimated between 500,000 and three million, was convinced to return to the ceremony by her family.

I link to the photo because I think it is important people see what I am talking about otherwise I would have the photo banned along with the ritual. I could do without the Reuters description of a distraught twelve year-old who, in all likelihood, is about to be raped at the behest of her family and tradition as a "Roma princess". Words like "princess" and "traditional" are crude attempts to paper-over a revolting celebration which would have its participants arrested were it taking place in Canada. I can only wonder how this child was "convinced to return" to the ceremony and its aftermath and wonder what sort of human being could stand by with a camera and do nothing to stop it.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 30, 2003 07:59 AM


They have princesses??

I must have missed something here...

At any rate, princess or not, it's revolting.

Posted by: Paul Jané at September 30, 2003 05:45 PM