An eight-year-old Yemeni girl has died of internal sexual injuries after spending her wedding night with a husband five times her age.
The girl, identified as Rawan, is believed to have suffered tearing of her genitals and a uterine rupture, Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al Watan reports.
It says Kuwaiti activists have called for action against the man, who is 40, as well as the girl’s family for allowing the marriage.
The girl died in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia.
Gulf News quotes blogger Angry Man as posting the husband is “an animal who deserved to be punished severely for his crime.”
“All those who supported such a crime should also be punished,” he added.
Al Bawaba reports over a quarter of young girls in Yemen are married before the age of 15.
It adds the country passed a law in February 2009 setting the minimum age of marriage at 17, but that it was repealed after conservative lawmakers declared it “un-Islamic”.
In 2010 a 13-year-old Yemeni girl who was forced into an arranged marriage died five days after her wedding when she suffered an internal rupture, a local human rights organisation said.
Ilham Mahdi al Assi died in Yemen’s Hajja province, the Shaqaeq Arab Forum for Human Rights told the AFP in a statement quoting a medical report.
According to a World Vision study released in March, more child brides are being led into arranged marriages due to an increase in global poverty and crises.
Parents who live in fear of natural disasters, political instability and financial ruin look to arranged marriages as a way to save their struggling families.
Every day, 39,000 girls younger than 18 will marry, according to the World Health Organisation.
She died a child named Rowan (8 years) affected by the deep wounds and uterine rupture suffered during the “wedding night” after her marriage to a man at the age of forty, in the city instigated Hajjah governorate of Yemen.
The newspaper described the scene of Yemen, which published the incident as a “murder of a girl was married from the man Erbaana paid brutal instinct of a daughter in marriage eight years old.”
The activists appealed to Yemeni security services arrested the perpetrator and the child of the deceased family and brought to justice, “in order to be a lesson and an end to the tragedies of underage marriage in Yemen.”
Yemen is one of the countries most famous marriages of underage girls, a phenomenon that the associations and organizations advocate for children’s rights.