Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) – Yemen’s human rights minister wants child marriage outlawed after an 8-year-old girl reportedly died of internal injuries that she suffered on her wedding night.
When reports emerged last week that a girl named Rawan, from the northern Yemeni town of Haradh, died a few days after being married off to a 40-year-old man, Yemenis were horrified.
International outrage quickly grew, as the alleged incident highlighted once again the extremely controversial issue of child marriage in Yemen — a country where the practice is still legal.
Residents of Haradh told local media outlets that Rawan’s cause of death was internal bleeding, believed to be the result of sexual intercourse that tore her uterus and other organs.
Local officials, however, have denied the story is true.
Amidst the numerous claims and counterclaims, Hooria Mashhour, Yemen’s human rights minister, has declared enough is enough — telling CNN that the growing anger over Rawan’s case has presented Yemen with an opportunity to finally do the right thing.
“This isn’t the first time a child marriage has happened in Yemen, so we should not focus only on this case,” Mashhour said.
“Many child marriages take place every year in Yemen. It’s time to end this practice.”
I think about the horror these little girls go through at the hands of their much older “husbands”, and then I think about the idiot militant “feminist” movement here in America who believe it’s a “war on women” (“the Taliban are taking over America!!“) just for believing women should pay for their own birth control, and it makes me want to scream.
We know where the real “war on women” is, and it certainly is not here in the United States. It is in places like Yemen, where reformers who are trying to overturn this abhorrent practice deserve our support and respect.