Yemen’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.
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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.