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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.


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.



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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!!!!!


9 April 2010 09:20jump to comments