Kmart Australia just removed a children’s Halloween costume from its shelves.
This decision happened after a concerned parent put together a petition and called the outfit "beyond inappropriate." Australia’s 7 News spoke to the mother, who said she noticed the costume while she was shopping with her young daughter.
The outfit was labeled “Bride Costume” where it shows a young girl wearing a wedding gown and veil. The mother said the costume was priced $6 and was made for a child as young as 4 years old.
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“This is beyond inappropriate and offensive and Kmart has a social responsibility to pull this item off their shelves immediately,” the mother told 7 News.
The upset mother created a Change.org petition which urged the company to stop selling the Halloween costume. The petition gained more than 500 supporters.
On the website she posted, "Each year, 12 million children (girls as young as 6 years old — the same size as this 'costume') are sold or married off by their family without their consent," the petition's description states. "Child marriage means child abuse and torture in its worst forms — pedophilia, child rape, child slavery, child sex trafficking."
The retailer released a statement and said, "Kmart Australia regrets the decision to range the bride costume," a Kmart spokesperson said Tuesday. "It was not intended to cause offense and we sincerely apologize. We have made the decision to withdraw this product."
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