Saturday, April 10, 2010



Yesterday, on CNN's home page I read the horrifying story of the Yemeni child bride who died of internal bleeding following sexual intercourse.

The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has drawn the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages. Legislation that would make it illegal for those under the age of 17 to marry is in serious peril after strong opposition from some of Yemen's most influential Islamic leader. Read more

Awful,just awful. That's all I can say now.

That is just too much. The leaders say that those who support a ban on child marriages are apostates. The girl is dead, did she have a choice?Who speaks on her behalf, and the other girls like her who get bargained off?
On CNN there is video news item about a young girl child who was married off and abused. She found the courage to run away, hail a taxicab, ask to go to the courthouse, wait until eventually and finally a judge asked her what it was she wanted.

She got a divorce. But she had to pay $200 to her 'ex husband' for denying him the benefits of being his wife!!!

Her father claimed that he married her off with the understanding that the groom would not 'sleep with her' for a number of years.

It's really sick when men in their 30s are having sex with 9 year old girls. Here in Canada we call it 'paedophilia'. (often incorrectly spelled 'pedophilia which means love of feet' maybe foot fetish?)

During the terminal phases of the Roman Empire, young girls were also married off to older men. The death rate among them due to too soon pregnancy was at one time considered to be one of the many and several reasons for the gradual decline of the Roman Empire.

There is nothing in the Koran supporting childbrides. All of this weird stuff is strictly local 'custom' or 'habit'.

@empath Nobody speaks for them,They have no voice and obviously they are treated as objects. What a sad state of affairs

@gabriella...I wonder if this practice is alive because Mohammed had a child bride? Nevertheless this is state sanctioned paedophilia.The illiteracy and poverty of the Yemeni nation also contributes to this nonsense since the article tells us this child was part of a swap deal to avoid paying a dowry. I feel for these young girls sold by parents to be wives when they themselves are just children
Poor child.
Unfortunately there will always be these dreadful male who prey on young children. Line them up and shoot them!
Children should not have to pay for the debts of their parents. How can you expect a husband not to have intercourse with his wife for several years, until she becomes a woman? The father who made that bargin is a fool. How would perform these marriages?
Lord help us.
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