8-year-old Yemeni child dies at hands of 40-year-old husband on wedding night

1-99

An eight year-old child bride died in Yemen on her wedding night after suffering internal injuries due to sexual trauma. Human rights organizations are calling for the arrest of her husband, who was five times her age.

Al Nahar, Lebanon, reported that the death occurred in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia. This brings even more attention to the already existing issue of forced child marriages in the Middle East.

"According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides. Furthermore, of the 140 million girls who will marry before the age of 18, 50 million will be under the age of 15."

Read Also: #ChildAbuse : “My Father Asked Me To Remove My Pants, And Then Went To Get Some Oil,” This Is How It Started.

Read Also: SYDNEY: Teenage Girl Arrested in Australia, Accused of Funding Islamic State

It is reported that over a quarter of Yemen's young girls are married before the age of 15Not only do they lose access to health and education, these child brides are commonly subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence in their forced marriages.

One of the main issues is that there is currently no consistent established definition of a "child" that has been agreed upon worldwide.  This leaves various interpretations within countries and little protection for those who are affected. 

Read Also: “If He Wouldn’t Beat Me, He’ll Take Me to The Bed And Ride On Me Like An Animal!”

“If He Wouldn’t Beat Me, He’ll Take Me to The Bed And Ride On Me Like An Animal!” #ChildAbuse : “After My Relatives Raped Me 30-40 Times, It Didn’t Hurt Anymore,” She Said

Establishing this age limit is among the top priorities of groups like HRC which was responsible for publishing the 54-page report “How Come You Allow Little Girls to Get Married?”, documenting the lifelong damage to girls who are forced to marry at young ages.  Most pro age-limit organizations agree that 18 should be the legal age for marriage.

In February 2009, a law was created in Yemen that set the minimum age for marriage at 17. Unfortunately, it was repealed after more conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic.

Source: www.albawaba.com

Read Also: Child bride freed by Saudi court after being married to 84-year-old man​

Nicholai

Nicholai is a professional blogger and he is passionate for writing informative articles.