The wedding of a 14-year-old girl to a man in his twenties was stopped moments before the ceremony was due to begin by police in the Israeli city of Lod.
Officers arrested the father of the bride, a rabbi in the Breslov Hasidic community, who had planned to carry out the wedding himself. The groom was also detained.
Representatives from the local welfare ministry later admitted to Channel 2, that  there was no way to monitor whether the religious wedding ceremony would be covertly arranged at a later date.
Israel’s minimum marriageable age is 18, raised from 17 in 2013. This can only be contravened with special permission granted by a family court.
A 2016 report by the Israeli parliament or Knesset’s  Law and Justice Committee found 716 underage marrages in 2014/15. Of these  517 of these were performed under sharia law, with the rest mostly in Jerusalem’s ulta-Orthodox community.
However, it found only 37 of these cases were investigated.
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