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Will Yemen Outlaw Child Marriage?

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yemeni-child-brides-husbands-615 copyYemen’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.

Read the rest here. 

Child marriage in Islam is here to stay. It is a part of Islamic doctrine and is canonized due to Mohammed marrying a six year old Aisha and consummating it when she was nine. Muslims are encouraged to emulate Mohammed since he is the perfect pattern for humanity.

From the hadith of Bukhari 7.62.88: “The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)”

The sex in the child marriage is only to take place when the girl has her menses. Perhaps Rawan had early puberty or then again, perhaps the husband is a pedophile with doctrinal permission.

Gender Equality in Yemen

female-muslim-militantsClashes between suspected al-Qaida militants, including women, and Yemeni troops left one officer, three soldiers, and at least two militants dead in the country’s south, security officials said Wednesday. The raid ended with the arrest of a number of militants, including several women.

The officials said a raid on two houses in the Hadramwat province sparked clashes that lasted for over an hour. They said suspected female militants in one of the houses in the city of al-Shahr fired assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades at the military force during the fighting.

The officials said several women and children and at least one male militant were arrested at the end of the raid, but did not give an exact number of those arrested. Officials said the women are believed to be Saudi nationals, who make up a large part of the militant group.

The officials said the women were transferred to Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, for further interrogation.

It is not usual for female al-Qaida fighters to operate in Yemen, although they may help the group in logistics. However, officials said some female al-Qaida suspects escaped from Saudi Arabia to Yemen recently. It is not immediately clear if they were among those arrested Wednesday.

Read the rest: Female Islamic Militants in Yemen

Honor Killings: Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Canada

honor-killing-beheadingIraq

The practice of honor killing is deeply ingrained in the fabric of Iraqi culture, and there are signs that they are increasing and shifting from the countryside to cities.

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At the heart of the honor killing problem in Iraq is the disparity in treatment between men and women.  The gender gap is a part of Iraqi culture, and it is both founded on and sustained by the country’s laws and prevailing religious beliefs.

Afghanistan 
A young couple in conservative southern Afghanistan have been found beheaded, apparently killed for having a love affair outside of marriage, officials said on Wednesday.

Police investigating the case said they believed the family of the woman, aged around 20, was responsible for the murders in the southern province of Helmand, a lawless hotbed of the Taliban insurgency.  (h/t to Weasel Zippers)

Yemen

“Honour killings are a problem in Yemen, a deeply tribal and conservative country,” Ahmed al-Qureshi, Yemen’s most prominent child advocate and Head of Seyaj organization, told OnIslam.net.

Canada  

Honour crimes have been committed in Quebec in all communities and the government needs to act on the growing phenomenon, Quebec’s Conseil du statut de la femme said Wednesday as it released a report careful not to stigmatize any one group.
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More has to be done, the report says, to protect vulnerable women and girls subjected to genital mutilations, virginity testing, forced marriages and excessive control.

But of the 17 incidents identified as honour crimes in Canada since 1991 and examined in the report, all involved stabbing, strangulation, shooting and beating. They affected 26 victims, five of whom died, according to the 167-page report that makes seven recommendations to the government.

 

Weddings in Yemen without the Brides

bride-and-groomThe wedding for 2,000 grooms who can bring knives but not wives: Huge ceremony where Yemeni tradition bans brides – 

Only men attend the mass wedding ceremony in Yemen’s capital Sana’a – women have their own ceremony [separately].

Mass weddings are held by charities to help poorer couples avoid the ruinous cost of private weddings.

Representatives from the Guinness Book Of World Records attended the event to see if it’s a record breaker.

Read the rest and see incredible photos here.

Teenager Burned to Death in Yemini Honor Killing

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From Alarabiya   

A 15-year-old Yemeni girl has been burned to death for allegedly meeting her fiancé before their wedding, police said on Tuesday, adding that her father was the chief suspect.

Prosecutors are to press charges against the 35-year-old over the death of his daughter in the village of Shabaa in the southern highland province of Taez, the police website said.

Killings of daughters, wives or sisters to punish perceived breaches of family honor are not uncommon in Yemen, despite pressure from the United Nations and human rights watchdogs for more effective action by the authorities to protect women.

Read more: Yemeni Father Burns Daughter to Death in Honor Killing

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Child Bride and HusbandAl Nahar, Lebanon, has reported that an eight year old child bride died in Yemen on her wedding night after suffering internal injuries due to sexual trauma. Human rights organizations are calling for the arrest of her husband who was five times her age.

The death occurred in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia. This brings even more attention to the already existing issue of forced child marriages in the Middle Eastern region.

“According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides. Furthermore, of the 140 million girls who will marry before the age of 18, 50 million will be under the age of 15.”

It is reported that over a quarter of Yemen’s young girls are married before the age of 15. Not only do they lose access to health and education, these child brides are commonly subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence in their forced marriage.

One of the main issues is that there is currently no consistent established definition of a “child” that has been agreed upon worldwide.  This leaves various interpretations within countries and little protection for those who are affected. 

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In February 2009, a law was created in Yemen that set the minimum age for marriage at 17. Unfortunately, it was repealed after more conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic.

Read the rest: 8-Year-Old Girl Dies After Forced Marriage.   (h/t to Jihad Watch)

Mohammed was 54 when he married Aisha who was six.  He consummated the marriage when she was nine.

Yemeni Women Want Human Rights

Activist Women in YemenYemen has only one female lawmaker in parliament and nearly 60 percent of women are illiterate

“My face is not shameful; I have every right to walk in the street without covering my face and not be cursed or harassed by people,” posted a 20-year-old Yemeni girl on her Facebook page. Her comment drew mixed reactions, reflecting Yemenis’ polarized positions regarding women’s rights.

“You are right and we all stand by you,” posted Yusif Saleh, adding “Who said women’s faces are shameful?

But another responder, Mohammed Ali, felt very differently. “You can’t under any circumstances call into question our Islamic teachings and you just have to take them as they are,” he wrote.

Muslim scholars do not agree on whether showing a woman’s face is permitted under Islam. Egyptian scholars unequivocally say yes, while those in Saudi Arabia and Yemen say no.

But the issue goes far beyond whether women can show their face. Women in Yemen, who account for just over half of the country’s population, complain of inequality, discrimination and denial of their basic rights. They say they are widely regarded as secondary to men and that unfair tribal and traditional restrictions are imposed on them.

“Women’s rights are ignored and violated in our community,” math teacher Asma Al-Wesabi, 30, told The Media Line. “Before marriage, the father and brothers act as guardians for the woman and when she marries, she gets a new guardian, her husband.”

Covered in black from head to toe including a veil over her face, she said: “Most of us have no say in important matters that concern us, like choosing our husbands, because it’s up to our guardians —either fathers or elder brothers — to decide for us. And we have to accept what they say, even if we disagree with them.”

Read the rest: Women in Yemen Yearn for Freedom.

This is the result of closely following the doctrine of Islam.  Will these women ever obtain basic human rights?  They haven’t been able to so in 1,400 years due to the doctrine which is considered by Muslims as eternal, unchanging and immutable.  So why would it change now?  The more religious the Islamic country, the fewer rights women have.

9 Year Old Yemeni Girl Forced to Marry 30 Year old Man

Yemeni Child BrideA 10-year old Yemeni child identified as Nejood Ali claims her family forced her to marry a 30-year old man.

The girl who appeared in the Lebanese TV channel LBC confirmed that she got married ten months ago when she was nine.

She said: “My father forced her to marry a person.” She said she did not see her husband until the wedding day and that she was scared.

She said she tried to escape from her husband on the wedding night, but her husband’s family beat her and they forced her to do house work.

Nejood says that one of her aunts helped her to go to a court to ask for a divorce.

She confirmed that a taxi driver helped her and took her to court. When she arrived at court she was scared and waited till the court closed, when the judge, on his way home, found her waiting in front of his door.

She said she told the judge her story and he sympathised with her case. The judge took her home and looked after her with his wife. She stayed in his house for three days where he later took her to court and issued the divorce judgment.

Read the rest: 10-year-old Yemeni Girl Plead with Judge to End Forced Marriage

According to Islamic doctrine, Nejood’s marriage at nine is following the sunnah, Mohammed’s words and deeds.