Girl named Raman, 8, dies of injuries on wedding night in Yemen

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl in Yemen has died of internal injuries on the first night of her marriage to a man more than five times her age.

The Gulf News reports that the girl, Rawan, suffered a tear to her genitals and severe bleeding. Yemini activists have called on police to arrest the “beastly groom” and the girl’s family. They argue that the marriage should have never happened in the first place. Those protesting the girl’s death hope the incident shines the spotlight on the practice of very young girls getting married in Yemen.

Bloggers in Kuwait have also spoken out against the girl’s horrific death, saying her family should not be allowed to have children. The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has attracted the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages.

Yemen’s gripping poverty plays a role in hindering efforts to stamp out the practice, as poor families find themselves unable to say no to ‘bride-prices’ that can be hundreds of dollars for their daughters.

More than a quarter of Yemen’s females marry before age 15, according to a report in 2010 by the Social Affairs Ministry. Tribal custom also plays a role, including the belief that a young bride can be shaped into an obedient wife, bear more children and be kept away from temptation.

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  1. Pingback: Yemen father who forced his 12-year-old to wed joins fight to save child brides. | The Crazy World We Live In

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