An eight year old child bride, Rawan, is reported to have died in Yemen of internal bleeding sustained during her wedding night after being forced to marry a man five times her age is how Mail online is reporting it. Activists are now calling for the groom 40 to face charges in court.
Yemen's poverty is being seen as the reason why it has been difficult to stamp out this issue of child bride. Poor families find it difficult to say no to bride prices that can be hundreds of dollars for their children. Shaping the life of these girls early and making them obedient and submissive is also seen as the reason for this obnoxious practice. It is even said that Yemen once pegged 15 as the oldest age of marriage.
In another related development, a 12 year old child also died after laboring for 3 days to give birth.