An 18-year-old high school student and a 14-year-old middle school student married in China, causing a stir on social media. As the Chinese version of the “Young Bride” became known, Internet users strongly criticized the parents’ sense of law.
According to 닷 on the 7th, a short video clip of a couple having dinner at Guiyu, a rural village in Santou, Guangdong Province, was posted on Weibo (Chinese version of Twitter) on the 26th of last month. It was the scene of a wedding reception between Lumo, a high school sophomore, and Zhuang, a middle school freshman. The two first met on an Internet chat program and fell in love. After that, they quit school and married with the permission of their parents. Their parents said they decided that they were old enough to get married according to Chinese early marriage customs. The video shook the continent with more than 500 million views.
Under the current law, China’s legal marriage age is 22 for men and 20 for women. Asked by reporters, “Didn’t you know that marriage was illegal?” Lu’s family said, “Because they said they wanted to marry each other. I didn’t know there was a problem with their marriage.
Netizens lashed out at the parents in Weibo and other places. Opinions such as “I can’t be forgiven for not knowing much about the law,” “How long do parents of both families think this marriage can last?” and “Are parents in their right minds who allow a young girl to get married only 14 years old?” were poured out. In the end, Chaoyang-gu, Santouxi, where the “young bride” lives, officially announced on the 28th that “the marriage of these students is invalid.” After calling in the parents of both families to explain the marriage-related laws, she sent the girl back home. He also advised them to “go back to school and finish their studies.”
As the controversy grew, Lu’s grandmother shed tears in a media interview, saying, “I was too old to know (that early marriage) was illegal.”