Marriages that take place before the age of 18 are often referred to as “child marriages,” but often girls marry even younger. In certain nations, families compel young girls as young as 7 or 8 years old to marry much older men.
Girls marry for a number of reasons, and parents may feel that by marrying their children, they are shielding them and growing their economic opportunities. Child marriage, on the other hand, places girls at risk of health issues and abuse, prevents them access to social networks and help services, and perpetuates a cycle of poverty and gender discrimination.
see photos of 18 years old boy wedding his 15 years old girlfriend below.