International rights groups are fighting to end the practice of child marriages in the country A year-old Yemeni girl died of internal injuries four days after a family-arranged marriage to a man almost twice her age, a human rights group said. She was married the previous Monday in a traditional arrangement known as a 'swap marriage', in which the brother of the bride also married the sister of the groom, it said. A medical report from al-Thawra hospital said she suffered a tear to her genitals and severe bleeding. The Yemeni rights group said the girl was married off in an agreement between two men to marry each other's sisters to avoid having to pay expensive bride-prices.
Background[ edit ] The legal status of circumstances surrounding teenage marriage varies from one area or era to the next. Marriage has often been used as a tool to create allegiances or agreements, rather than a link between two people in love. Almost every country has a legal minimum age for marriage, which ranges from as low as 12 in some Latin American countries to as high as 22 in China. The age requirement is commonly 16 for women and 18 for men. Despite laws concerning the age of marriage, tradition usually takes precedence and marriage continues to occur at very young ages.
Child bride, 13, dies of internal injuries four days after arranged marriage in Yemen
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Share this article Share Angry Man, a blogger, posted that the man was 'an animal who deserved to be punished severely for his crime'. The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has attracted the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages 'All those who supported such a crime should also be punished,' he added. Another blogger, called Omar, wrote: They do not deserve to have children. There are currently some