Girls as young as twelve years old may be kidnapped for marriage to teenage boys.This practice has been reported in Ireland, England, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Slovakia.Fingernails and toenails must be filed with an emery board; cutting them with a clipper is taboo.
Linguists use these phonological similarities as well as features of phonological developments which emerged during the early transition stage from Old to Middle Indic to conclude that the history of Romani began in Central India.Other factors such as blood groups and unwritten customs also suggest Central Indian origins of the Roma.Romani customs often establish that the groom's family must pay a bride price to the bride's parents.Romani social behaviour is strictly regulated by purity laws ("marime" or "marhime") respected by most Romanis and among Sinti groups by the elder generations.Marriage in Romani society underscores the importance of family and demonstrates ties between different groups, often transnationally.
Traditionally an arranged marriage is the desired set up, with the parents of each family looking for an ideal partner for their child.
A Romani patriarch, Florin Cioabă, ran afoul of Romanian authorities in late 2003 when he married off his youngest daughter, Ana-Maria at the age of twelve, well below the legal marriageable age.
Bride kidnapping is thought to be a traditional Romani practice.
This regulation affects many aspects of life and is applied to actions, people, and things.
Parts of the human body are considered impure: the genital organs, because they produce impure emissions, and the lower body.
Their exact origins aren’t clear and even though their culture has been victimized by other cultures, they still found a way to maintain their heritage and society.