Child bride marriages in Yemen must end, and they must end now

Posted by: ST on September 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

Horrifying:

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.”

Indeed.

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.

Too young to wed

Photo via the UN. Click the picture for more information on the sickening child bride practices still being observed in many countries overseas.

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3 Responses to “Child bride marriages in Yemen must end, and they must end now”

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  1. Yes, this is truly bad stuff. And it’s very telling about the left in general and the feminist movement in particular that they so ignore it. They’re much more interested in “justice for Palestine” or some such tripe.

  2. Steve Skubinna says:

    You don’t agree that Republicans are waging a war on women? What’s next, you’re going to deny we live in a rape culture? Fine, you just try leaving your house without a burkha and male family escort, or try getting an education, a job or even a driver’s license.

    Face it, ST, Dems know you silly little women just aren’t up to managing your lives. That’s why you need people like Ted Kennedy, Bob Filner, Gary Condit, Elliot Spitzer and Antony Weiner to take care of you. Now be a sweetie and fetch us menfolk sandwiches while we think important thoughts and do men’s work. Tell you what, pick out something from the Hello Kitty store on the taxpayers’ dime.

  3. Carlos says:

    Hey, don’t sweat the small stuff. Pretty soon the SCOTUS will make a bold decision in some case that will open the door here for such ungodly (or un-allah?) nonsense, and we will not only have polygamy and polyandry, we’ll have NAMBLA going roughshod over all us prudes who don’t think six, seven and eight-year-olds are mature enough to make decisions about sexual activity.

    Heck, I know some forty-somethings that aren’t that mature yet!