Parents, Groom Arrested As Police Foil Wedding Of 15-Year-Old Girl. Photos

There was chaos at Bulyansime village in Iganga District, Uganda when police stormed a wedding ceremony and foiled the marriage of a 15-year-old girl and a 22-year-old man. The ceremony which had kicked off with excitement as the groom expected to take the bride home turned into a fiasco when police swung into action and arrested the parents and the groom.
The girl is said to have dropped out of senior two and she is currently four months pregnant. The parents Abdu Kalimu Ngobi and Faridah Kagoya are said to have agreed to marry off their daughter to Talyaka Swaliki after getting Shs 200, 000 and a goat as bride price. Eye witnesses told Daily Monitor that by the time police stormed the place, the bride and groom had already performed the traditional wedding ceremony locally referred to as Okuwowa and the couple was about to leave. “The bride and groom were marching to board their waiting car amidst ululations from friends and relatives by the time police arrived. The groom had even put a ring on the bride’s finger as a symbol to confirm that they had been wedded,” Mr Ayub Famba told a reporter. More drama unfolded when a group of residents stormed Iganga Police Station demanding for the suspects to be released on claims that the girl was old. Busoga East Police Region Spokesperson, Mr James Mubi said the parents are to be charged with marrying off an underage girl while the groom is to be charged with defilement.
Source; Daily Monitor