- Police conducted the raid in Lod, central Israel moments before the ceremony
- The girl’s rabbi father was planning to officiate at his daughter’s wedding
- He was arrested with the groom, who is in his 20s, following Monday’s raid
- The group are all part of the orthodox Breslov Hasidic sect
Israeli police have arrested the father of a 14-year-old girl after he tried to arrange a marriage between the teenager and a man in his 20s.
The girl’s father, who is a rabbi in the Breslov Hasidic sect in the city of Lod and the intended groom have been released and placed on house arrest.
The raid took place before the ceremony was due to take place as family members and friends arrived at the Lod wedding hall.
Israeli police raided a venue in the city of Lod, pictured, before the wedding took place
Welfare ministry officials told Channel 2 said there was no way to determine whether the religious wedding would take place at a later stage despite being in violation of Israeli law.
According to the Times of Israel, the girl’s rabbi father was planning to officiate at his daughter’s wedding, despite her age.