The Romanian mother of the 10-year-old girl who gave birth in Spain recently is shocked that people are shocked that her daughter gave birth. (Did you get all that?)
“MADRID — A Romanian Gypsy woman whose 10-year-old daughter just gave birth in Spain says she’s delighted to have a new granddaughter and doesn’t understand why the birth has shocked anyone – let alone become an international sensation….”
“She also said she didn’t understand the attention the case was generating because she and her daughter are Romanian Gypsies, or Roma, and their custom is to allow girls to marry young even though that’s against the law in Romania.”
” ‘That’s the way we get married,’ the girl’s mother told reporters Tuesday outside the modest apartment building in the southern town of Lebrija where the family lives.”…
For the record Romanian law allows girls to marry at 16 with parental consent or at 18 without it.
“But arranged “marriages” between teenagers are relatively common among Roma, who make up about 1.5 million of Romania’s 22 million people. Families “marry off” daughters when they reach puberty, with the ‘husband’ usually being a couple of years older. The marriages are not recognized by the state.”
I completely understand that different cultures handle things different ways, but as the mother of a 9-year old, I can’t imagine her having a child next year. She can barely take care of herself much less another life.
I am fascinated by the child’s mother who is happy to be a grandmother and doesn’t get all the fuss!
Could the culture be that different in Romania or is it just in the Romanian Gypsy culture? What do you make of the 10-year-old having the baby? What do you make of the mother’s comments? Are there other cultures where it’s still acceptable for girls to have babies that young?