16-year old Child Bride Facebook Auction Held in South Sudan
Facebook came under the fire of criticism and repercussions as the biggest social media platform failed to stop the auction of the child bride in South Sudan.
The highest bidder of the auction is three times the age of the auctioned off child bride. According to the human rights lawyer Philips Anyang Ngong, who tried to stop the child bride Facebook auction last month said that at least four men in Eastern Lakes state bided in the auction, including the region’s deputy governor.
Facebook later claimed that the post had been taken down as soon as they got the reports of the auction, however that happened after the girl was married.
According to Children Rights Organization Plan International, The child bride’s father allegedly received 500 cows, 3 cars and $10,000 in the auction of his daughter, the girl married to the winning bidder on 3 November in a ceremony held in the country’s Eastern Lakes State.
The girl named as Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang became the ninth wife of businessman Kok Alat – the winning bidder.
Facebook Take 15 Days to Remove Post
This child bride Facebook auction caused an international outrage, the biggest social networking website came under the hot water of criticism as it takes 15 days to the Facebook to take down the post from the website – the auctioned started on 25th October and it removed on 9th November.
George Otim, South Sudan Country Director of Plan International said: “That a girl could be sold for marriage on the world’s biggest social networking site in this day and age is beyond belief.”
“This barbaric use of technology is reminiscent of latter-day slave markets.” He added.
So far Facebook has not replied to any of these comments
The practice of paying dowries for the bride is a medieval cultural influence in South Sudan, it contains a long history of child marriages. According to the United State Population Fund, 40% of South Sudanese girls get married before the age of 18, although it is termed as illegal now.