The grim phenomenon of underage girls around the world being forcibly married to much older suitors doesn’t often garner the appropriate magnitude of public alarm for the severity of the issue.
On the eve of her wedding night to a man 32 years her senior, an eight-year-old girl bled to death from deep vaginal tearing. Her story is just one of many similar tragedies that continuously elucidate the gravity of this all too common situation.
The victim, identified only as Rawan, died in Hardh, Yemen, according to a report by UPI on Sunday, September 8.
While a law hoping to ban marriage of girls under the age of 17 was passed in Yemen in February 2009, the legislature was quickly repealed on the basis of being “un-Islamic.”
Old men marrying extremely young girls is a generally accepted practice in Yemen, despite the fact that the children are forced into the marriage and subsequently raped by their new husbands.
These young girls have their futures and potentials stolen from them, as 11-year-old Nada al-Ahdal illustrates in her eloquent explanation of why she’d rather kill herself than be married off.
This act is one of the greatest crimes to humanity polluting the world, today. The fact that this, along with numerous other horrific acts against women you won’t believe still occur in the 21st century, is preserved through the guise of common practice is absolutely sickening.
People need to stand up and give a voice to these girls, otherwise more girls will continue to be victimized by barbaric norms.
Via The Examiner, Photo credit Imgur