12-Year-Old Boy Set To Marry His 11-Year-Old Cousin Sparks Outrage In Egypt. Photos

An 12-year-old boy will marry his cousin, 11, after the groom-to-be's father gave the couple's engagement his blessing. While family and friends celebrated Nasser Hassan's eldest son's lavish wedding, the father decided to 'double the joy' in Egypt by announcing the engagement.
Egyptian law prohibits marriages for anyone under 18 and the decision for Omar, 12, and Gharam, 11, to marry has sparked outrage among activists.

The father told Egypt's Al Watan newspaper there was 'nothing inappropriate' about the couple, adding that it was only 'an engagement, not a marriage'.

The wedding of the older brother was held 75 miles north of Cairo, and when the announcement was made, guests didn't bat an eyelid, according to the Washington Post.

But photos of the young couple were published in local media which were met with anger.

Omar's father brushed off any criticism, and said he 'is a free man and did nothing wrong'.

'Omar has always loved Gharam so much that he used to say he will marry her when they grow up before any other man asks for her hand in marriage when she is older,' he added.

'They will get married when they reach the legal age.'

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