A 55-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly married his daughter who was just six years old – in return for a goat.
Seyed Abdolkarim was taken in by officers after police were told he had married the child, named only as Gharibgol, in a religious ceremony.
The child was reportedly sold by her father who was also arrested by police after they claimed he exchanged her for the goat, along with rice, tea, sugar, and cooking oil.
He said he had been struggling to look after the family, and that exchanging his daughter meant he gained food and lost a mouth to feed
He said that Abdolkarim had promised he wouldn’t sleep with Gharibgol until she was 18.
Following the marriage, the respected Imam Abdolkarim was said to have taken his new wife to a relative’s house in Firozkoh, in Ghor province, as his daughter.
But they became concerned when they realised “he was undressing her at night” according to the report.
Mr Ahmady writes: “So he asked the mullah, ‘Is she not your daughter?’
“The mullah replied, ‘no, she’s my wife; her father gave her to me’. The host then told a friend, who called the local women rights bureau for Ghor province.”
Tests carried out by the hospital in Ghor show that “there was no sexual intercourse”.
The child is currently being housed in a safe location with her mother.