The day following his Bar Mitzvah, a 13-year-old boy was married to a 12-year-old girl in the ‘Shaalim community’ (also known as the “Taliban mothers”) in the neighborhood of Meah Shaarim. The wedding was attended by ten people. The father of the girl was not in the country at the time of the wedding, and was furious when he returned. The police were called and he was detained for a few hours and released.
A woman who is part of the ‘Shaalim community’ told Kikar Shabbat that the community objected to the wedding.
In the past, the police have stopped these weddings before they happen, arresting those involved. A few months ago the police raided a home in the neighborhood of Shmuel Hanavi and arrested the 13-year-old bride, her mother and a few of her family members.
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