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12-year old Yemeni girl dies three days after wedding

Elham was married off in what's known in Yemen as swap marriage.

  • By Nasser Arrabyee, Correspondent
  • Published: 00:35 April 8, 2010

Sana'a: A Yemeni 12-year old girl died three days after her wedding to husband in his 20s in Hajja north of Yemen, medical and human rights sources said Wednesday.

The bride Elham Mahdi Shuee, died in the hospital of Hajja where she was admitted after acute bleeding caused by sexual intercourse, said Majed Al Mathhaji, spokesman for Sisters Forum for Human Rights, NGO, concerned about the child bride.

Al Mathhaji confirmed that the medical report showed that Elham had suffered rupture of the womb.

Elham was married off in what's known in Yemen as swap marriage. Her husband's family, did not pay dowry, but instead, they married off a girl in the same age to the brother of Elham, according to Al Mathahji.

After Elham died, the family of the husband went to take their daughter from her husband, said Al Mathhaji.

Child marriages are very common in Yemen because of illiteracy and poverty.

Islamic extremists and tribal leaders have been campaigning against a draft law putting 18 years as the age of marriage for about two years now.

Comments (23)

  1. Added 17:25 April 8, 2010

    This is so shocking and a total sham and betrayal of a religion. This girl should have been playing with her dolls and studying not being forced to marry and then having sexual intercourse. A woman's body is not ready for such until she is at least 16 and even then this should not be happening until she finds someone she loves. These people are child molesters who in their right mind would want to have sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old? She is still a baby. I dont care what religion/traditions etc they have they all need their head examining and the parents well they don't deserve children! I AM DISGUSTED!!!!!

    Stacey, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:53 April 8, 2010

    This is really sad and disgusting, Dear parents if you can't pay the debt, please don't sell your children like this. Man always need sexual satisfactions, They don't know what will the result of this. Parents at least let your children grow up to 18 years old and then do their marriages.

    Bartholomew DSouza, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:37 April 8, 2010

    This is highly unIslamic. Islam doesn't encourage a marriage like this. Some clerics are selfish and for their goodness they have written some useless fatwas without pinpointing any Quranic Verses or Hadhees. This is the main reason for all the problems and finally such an ugly act is shaped as Islamic. I kindly request all gentlemen and ladies to have thorough look at the Quran& Hadhees to understand the True Islam.

    Ibnu Hathoon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:37 April 8, 2010

    Some clerics are selfish and for their own benefit thay have written some useless fatwas without pinpointing any Quranic Verses or Hadeeth. This is the main reason for all the problems and finally such an ugly act is shaped as Islamic. I kindly request all Gentlemen and Ladies to have thorough look at the Quran& Hadeeth to understand the True Islam.

    Ibnu Hathoon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:31 April 8, 2010

    How can people of any time think that a man should have intercourse with a 12 year old? What is wrong with these people? This has nothing to do with Islam first of all, second they can not hide behind poverty and not being educated. There are a lot of people in the world that are poor and uneducated that does not mean they rape children. I'm disgusted!

    Kajsa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:29 April 8, 2010

    it is very sad thing to happen to a child who is just 12 years not yet entered in her teenage year. She has been deprive from her life by just getting her marriage to someone, it is against human rights, instated of getting her educated and plan for her a better future she gets married and dies after 3 days of marriage for such culture. An immediate action need to be taken or else more other young girls are gonna lose their life just at the beginning.

    Mgeni, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:29 April 8, 2010

    it is very sad thing to happen to a child who is just 12 years not yet entered in her teenage year,She has been deprived from her life by just getting her marriage to someone ,it against human right, instated of getting her educated and plan for her a better future she gets married and dies after 3 days of marriage for such culture an immediate action need to be taken or else more other young girls are gonna lose their life just at the beginning.

    Mgeni, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:09 April 8, 2010

    Simply miserable, where we all are going? The world is becoming wild.

    Maryam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:00 April 8, 2010

    First, the marriage will not be valid as this kind of "swapping" is not allowed in Islam. Then the bride's consent has to be there before marriage. Forced marriage is not allowed. The people who involved in this have no idea about the correct Islamic ruling in marriage. We cannot set a specified age for marriage, but the girl's consent, her health, and life is more important to be looked after.

    Anwar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 14:05 April 8, 2010

    this is really depressing and disgusting. how can we let this things happen to a child, we have robbed their freedom right in front of their faces and to think of it, that their so-called parents apparently didn't do anything to avoid or fight for their children's right to choose and live in their own will....shame on us.

    John, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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