Child Bride Dies Of Blood Loss From Genital Wound After Wedding
April 9, 2010
The girl, who was originally from the Hajja province, had been traded as a bride to her older brother’s friend, a man in his 20′s. The brother married his friend’s young sister in a common practice to avoid high bride payments that are often imossible to pay for the impoverished residents of the nation.
She suffered from severe tearing to her genitals during her wedding night, though details have not been released about exactly what happened.
She began to bleed and continued for four days before passing away.
It is yet another horrifying story that underlines the evils of child marriage, a practice still alive and well in Yemen today.
More than a quarter of all brides in the country marry before the age of 15, and the laws are not likely to change anytime soon.
Though legislation was passed that set the legal marrying age at 17, an outcry from religious leaders in Yemen saw it repealed, after lawmakers were accused of being ‘unIslamic’.
The age of brides can be shockingly low.
In 2007, an eight-year-old girl won a divorce from her husband, who was almost 30 years her senior.
In 2009, a 12-year-old died in childbirth after suffering through three days of labor.
The husband of the 13-year-old girl has been arrested, and is under investigation.