Rape and homicide-related charges in any civilized society. Brutal rape. Enough to rupture internal organs of the young girl who then bled to death while the vicious animal who perpetrated the crime did nothing to help her. He’ll likely await his next child “bride” because Muslim leaders demand child brides as permitted by sharia law.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is importing these barbaric animals – and their sick “culture” – to the U.S. in increasing numbers. Basta! Got daughters? Pay attention. via Dead Yemeni bride, 13, ‘a victim of childhood abuse’
SANA’A // Elham Mahdi al Assi, a 13-year-old girl, died from severe haemorrhaging [sic] and the rupturing of internal organs as a result of sexual intercourse, just five days after she was married.
Her death follows a number of high-profile child marriage cases that have shaken Yemen and, activists hope, may go some way towards bringing about a law that would establish a minimum age for marriage.
Elham, who lived in the village of Qalat Hameed in Hajja province, about 130km north of Sana’a, was married on March 29 to a man in his 20s in a traditional arrangement known as a “swap marriage”, in which the brother of the bride married the sister of the groom. She died on April 2, though it is not clear if she was dead before arriving at the hospital.
“Her death is the result of the opposition to the ban on child marriage. She is a victim of childhood being abused in Yemen,” said Majed al Madhaji, the press officer at the non-governmental Arabic Sisters Forum for Human Rights (ASFHR).
Mansur Abu Ali, a Hajja-based activist with ASFHR, said the girl’s family had claimed she was 18, but after speaking to people in her village, including social dignitaries, he was able to confirm she was only about 13.
Local police have arrested the husband and also carried out initial interrogations.
“We have assigned a lawyer to follow up the case as this should become a public opinion case,” said Mr al Madhaji.
“However, we find that the legal position is difficult as the law does not criminalise the husband who forces his wife into sex or rapes her. But we have asked for a forensic medicine report as this is a lethal attack.”
Sigrid Kaag, regional head for the UN children’s agency, Unicef, described underage marriages as a “harmful practice”.
“The death of Elham Mahdi al Assi,” said Ms Kaag, “is a painful reminder of the risks girls face when they are married too soon,” said Ms Kaag.
Elham’s death is the second such case to be reported in the province in the the past several years. Fawzia Abdallah Youssef, a 12-year-old child bride, died in September 2008 in Hajja of haemorrhaging [sic] as she gave birth to a baby, which was stillborn. She had been married in 2007.
More than half Yemen’s girls are married before they reach puberty, according to UN figures.