Rifca Stanescu is World's youngest grandmother from Romania

This is a rather intriguing news about the Rifca Stanescu the world's youngest grandmother from Romania. News story about her spreading like a wildfire all over printed media and internet.

According to report from British tabloids, A 23-year-old woman from Romania has become the "world's youngest grandmother"

Rifca Stanescu was 12 when she had her first child Maria. The mother of two urged her daughter not to follow her example but she did not heed her advice.
The world youngest grandmother from RomaniaInstead, Maria gave birth to her son, Ion, while only 11.

According to The Sun, Rifca had married jewellery seller Ionel Stanescu when she was 11 and he was 13.

They eloped because Rifca feared her father wanted her to marry another village lad in Investi, Romania.

"My father was really annoyed at being cheated out of the right to decide who would be my husband and the dowry," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"But then I got pregnant when I was 12 - a year later - and that meant that my husband's family paid my father a dowry and then there was peace."

She was forgiven when she had her daughter - making her mum, also named Maria, a great grandmother at 40.

Rifca's son, Nicolae, was born a year later.

The family lives in a gypsy community and according to Rifca, it is common in their culture to become engaged and marry at a young age.

Women are expected to be virgins when they marry, and many are betrothed while they are toddlers.

Rifca said she tried her best to persuade Maria to stay at school but the girl quit to marry when she was 10 and had her baby six months later.

Britain's previous youngest grandmother was an unnamed 26-year-old from Yorks. Her daughter, 12, gave birth in 1999.

Source: Agencies Image Source: EuroPics/CEN/Daily Mail
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