World's Youngest Ever Divorcee - Aged 8

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

An eight-year-old girl is believed to have become the world's youngest divorcee after leaving her 14-year-old husband.

Fatima Mangre was married off at the age of four by her father in Nakhi village, in the Shravasti district of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

But the marriage was annulled four years later after dad Anil said he realised it was wrong to force her to marry at such a young age.

Girl is world's youngest ever divorcee - aged 8

When the girl's in-laws came to collect her to live with them and her teenage husband, Anil told them he wanted his daughter to wait until she was 18.

He said: "I finally realised that this practice of marrying off daughters so young was wrong and that she should have a childhood, and that it was my duty to provide that."

But the decision sparked a huge row with the boy's father, Dipak Bakridi, which resulted in Fatima's father announcing his daughter would divorce.

The annulment was arranged the following week. The state government of India's northern Uttar Pradesh state has called for an inquiry into the incident.

Nirmala Samant, a member of the New Delhi-based National Commission for Women, said: "This is a scandal, we need more details before taking action.

"The girl's father must answer why he married her off at four years old and the boy's father must answer why he agreed to such a marriage and then went to demand the girl when she is barely eight years old.

"This is insensitive, controversial and objectionable."

Fatima's father responded: "I have already admitted my mistake. Social pressures are high in our village. But the marriage has been annulled. I have admitted it was wrong to marry her off so early.

"I now want to make things right. I want to give my daughter a good childhood. I will do everything to protect her."

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