By Jane Nambi
An 8-year-old child bride in Yemeni has died of internal bleeding.
The girl who was identified only as Rawan sustained the bleeding on her wedding night after being forced to marry a man five years older than her. Rawan, died in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia.
Enraged activists are calling for the arrest of the groom and her family. “All those who supported such a crime should also be punished,” a blogger said of the incident.
There are currently some 57.5 million child brides across the world, 40 per cent of which married in India. Statistics show that girls living in poor households are almost twice as likely to marry before 18 than girls in higher income households. The practice of marrying young girls is popular in Yemen and has attracted international rights groups with the intention of inserting pressure to the government to outlaw child marriages.
Yemen once set 15 as the minimum age for marriage, but parliament annulled that law in the 1990s, saying parents should decide when a daughter marries.