Update – 19th September 2013 – Were the allegations wrong that an 8 year old Yemeni girl died on her wedding night? The Daily Mail has just published an article that may dispute the original report meebal.com and hundreds of other media sources were supplied with – read daily mail
YEMENI GIRL 8 DIES ON HER WEDDING NIGHT – News concerning an 8 year old Yemeni girl who died from internal bleeding on her wedding night is causing outrage across the blogshere.
It was reported that the girl, known only as ‘Rawan’, died in the Hardh region of Yemen after being forced into marriage with a man reported to be 40 years of age.
Human Rights activists have labeled this an atrocity that needs to be halted by a change in the law.
A number of online blog activists are calling on the Yemeni Government to arrest the groom and her family members for forcing such a young girl to marry and allow the groom to engage in sexual intercourse with a child.
It is widely known that poverty stricken families will often sell off their daughters, regardless to their age, in order to find money to feed the remaining family members.
There have and continues to be numerous campaigns from leading charity groups and NGOs in order to end the practice of allowing men to marry children.
According to statistics there are as many as 58 million child brides in the world; some 40 per cent of these live in India, whilst Africa accounts for approximately 42 per cent.
Due to current population growth, leading NGOs state that as many as 140 million child brides could exist by 2020 and unless Governments around the world ends this practice then many more children will not only be subjected to marrying older men but face possible death due to internal injuries; such as in this case.
Some still view this practice as a tradition whilst others feel it is against a child’s human rights. According to International Rights groups more than one quarter of all girls in Yemen marry before the age of 15 and some before the 8 years of age.
Before the 1990’s Yemen did have laws that forbade any girl under the age of 15 to marry, however this law was annulled in the mid 1990’s so that parents were able to decide when their daughters were old enough to marry.
Traditional thinking is that young girls make better and more obedient wives who are able to bear more children.
With a similar case being recorded last year where a 12 year old girl died after struggling to give birth after three days in labour, this latest tragedy of child abuse will no doubt fuel anger around the world and call for change.