By Adebayo Williams
A 19-year-old woman is in trouble with Russian authorities after she gave birth to a baby fathered by a 13-year-old boy. The woman, identified as Bilana B., was said to have married the boy before they had the baby. Police say her offence could fetch her a three to ten-year jail term.
The couple was said to have been united in a gypsy marriage witnessed by the boy’s grandparents. The boy told Russian media that he had initiated the relationship after he got her phone number from a relative. He claimed to have suggested to her to elope with him to start a family. He said their culture supported the union and saw nothing wrong in it. He also revealed that he had quit school to work in order to feed his family.
“We were talking on the phone for less than two weeks, then I came to her place by Car and she left with me.”
His grandmother said they had no choice but to accommodate him and his young family since it was in-line with their custom. She said the union had been celebrated with bottles of vodka.
The boy said he intends returning to school after he is able to save enough money to cater for his family.