This story will break your heart and inspire you to run and hug your daughter.
The Huffington Post reports that a 13-year-old Yemeni bride bled to death just four days after her arranged marriage.
She died April 2nd, four days after walking down the aisle with a 23-year-old male, from severe bleeding caused by tears around her genitals. A spokesperson for the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights said that the marriage had been brokered by the victim's brother so he could marry his friend's sister to avoid the expense of buying a wife. The husband has been detained by authorities.
Apparently, this kind of deal is common in the deeply impoverished country. It shocked us to learn that as many as 25 percent of Yemeni women marry before their 15th birthday, apparently because Yemeni men think "a young bride can be shaped into an obedient wife, bear more children and be kept away from temptation."
International rights groups have been trying to put an end to the practice of marrying young girls by pushing for legislation that makes it against the law for children under the age of 17 to marry. But their efforts have been thwarted by some of Yemen's most influential Islamic leaders. The law was recently repealed and is now under review with the Yemeni parliament's constitutional committee because some lawmakers called it "un-Islamic." A decision about the law is expected this month. It doesn't help matters that the nation's lofty Islamic authorities called child-marriage-ban supporters "apostates."
It never ceases to amaze us how girls and women continue to be as valued as cattle in so many nations around the world. Seriously, when will this grotesque abuse of minors -- and women -- stop?