How tragic! An 8-year-old Yemeni girl has died after sustaining internal bleeding on her wedding night. The young girl’s family arranged her marriage to a man five times her age.
An 8-year-old girl identified only as “Rawan,” died following internal injuries she sustained on her wedding night. The young girl was forced into married to a groom who is reportedly about 40 years old.
Yemeni Bride, 8, Dies On Wedding Night
Rawan died in Hardh, an area which borders Saudi Arabia, after internal bleeding could not be controlled, reports The Daily Mail.
International rights activists and bloggers are calling for this groom and child’s family to be arrested following this horrible incident, citing that arrests and other consequences could help to make the practice obsolete.
Child brides are a common in impoverished regions, where families marry off their daughters to wealthier men. Customs and cultural beliefs hold that young brides can bear more children and can be more easily shaped into loyal, obedient wives. The global issue affects 57.5 million child brides across the world.
Nada Al-Ahdal Stands Up To Forced Marriage In Yemen
Yemen once set a law to establish the minimum age of brides as 15, but the law was later annulled in the 1990s, reports The Daily Mail. Brides becoming increasingly younger has remained an issue. Outspoken 11-year-old Nada Al-Ahdal stood up to her own forced marriage, fleeing her home to avoid being married off to a man five times her age. “This is not normal for innocent children,” Nada said in the viral YouTube video she filmed following her escape, sparking an international conversation on this practice.
WATCH: 11-Year Old Yemeni Girl Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home To Avoid Forced Marriage
— Kristine Hope Kowalski