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. Spanish authorities have released few details about the case to protect the girl’s privacy.
But in comments published Wednesday, her mother told reporters the baby’s father is a 13-year-old boy who is still in Romania and is no longer going out with her daughter…
The 10-year-old girl and her baby daughter plan to stay in Spain because the young couple separated, said the girl’s mother.
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…
The girl moved to Spain about three weeks ago, her mother said, and her baby was born in a public hospital last week in the nearby city of Jerez de la Frontera. There were no complications during the birth, and the 10-year-old and her baby are doing fine, her mother said…
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.
Roma girls are often not encouraged to pursue a full education, and Romanian authorities do not widely enforce education laws that require children to attend school until age 16.
There are different cultures and then – there are different cultures.
I don’t know what current understanding is about maturity, decision-making, for early teens, pre-teens. But, then, it’s not especially clear what decisions other than low-level endocrine systems were involved. And that doesn’t seem to matter either.
Having sex, having children at any age seems to be OK. I wonder if having an abortion is a choice?I wonder if having a choice – is a choice?
Thanks, Mr. Fusion