A news story that’s making the rounds in Mexico this week is that of a girl of 14 years who lives in some distant indigenous community — the mountains, the desert, somewhere off the beaten track — where arranged marriages still occur.
A deal had been struck between her parents and the parents of the boy, which is how it’s done there, and money had been exchanged, perhaps cows and burros too, all of which were paid by the boy’s family to the parents of the girl.
A positive aspect of this is that the girl was not being wed to some lascivious old goat as happens in some spots — India comes to mind — but to a lad little older than her. So there’s that.
But the girl had other ideas, so she went on the run. Alas, she was caught and jailed, yes, jailed until some accord was reached between the two families because the girl’s parents had received the payoffs, which had to be refunded or something or other. Refunds are not something many Mexicans are fond of.*
Meanwhile, the girl is — or was — still in the slammer so she can’t hit the road again.
I don’t know if this has been resolved, but that’s not the point, which is that it happened in the first place. Arranged marriages still occur in this world of ours, and even some wives find positives to it, I have read, but not all, obviously, especially 14-year-old girls.
I bet she has a boyfriend on the other end of the village.
(Update: She has been released from jail. Her parents were ordered to return what they received from the boy’s parents. And she did have a boyfriend.)
*Buy something from a Mom-and-Pop Store here and then try to get your money back. Good luck with that, amigos. Or even chain stores if they’re Mexican-owned.