Sunday, January 13, 2008

Young Love

This week's random statistic (this place is awash in them - a typical local news headline is "Data Shows 49 Cars Sold in Qro. Every Day") comes from the Mexican Children's Rights Network, which informs us that 388,831 Mexican children between the ages of 12-17 are married, either formally or as common-law spouses. (Why the tally should come to an odd number is not explained.) That number represents 3% of all children in that age group. Additionally, 15,665 teenagers are divorced (see previous parenthetical note), and 3,150 are widowed.


'Eddie Willers' said...

"Lies, damned lies and statistics!"

The inclusion of independent 16 and 17 year olds in the definition of 'children' is likely to distort the figures somewhat to provide greater emotive strength for any call to 'do something'.


Burro Hall said...

Geez, Eddie, even the English stopped marrying off their 16-year-olds years ago.

Well, mostly, anyway.