8-Year-Old Child Forced To Marry 40-Year-Old Man - It Gets Worse

A child bride in Yemen who was just 8 years old died after having sex with her 40-year-old husband, the Guardian reported.

The newspaper cited as its sources a Yemeni activist and two people who knew the girl, identified only as Rawan. “On the wedding night and after intercourse, she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture, which caused her death,” said Arwa Othman, a human-rights advocate who runs the House of Folklore. “They took her to a clinic, but the medics couldn’t save her life.”

The police have not charged the husband with any crime, according to Othman. A law-enforcement officer in the town where Rawan died, Haradh, claimed to know nothing of the tragedy. He declined to reveal his name, explaining that he was not supposed to be speaking to reporters.

Two residents of Meedi told Reuters about the girl’s death. They said chiefs of local tribes were trying to prevent the incident from being publicized. The residents accused one chief of threatening a reporter.

Rawan’s story has sparked renewed criticism of children being forced into marriage with adults. The Guardian noted that impoverished Yemeni parents often sell their young girls because they cannot afford to feed and take care of them. According to the United Nations, 10.5 million of the 24 million people in the country do not get enough food. About 13 million suffer from a lack of drinkable water and proper sanitation.

Source: The Guardian
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