Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Child brides in Arabia

"A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, has died during a difficult delivery in which her baby also died . . . The Daily Mail reported the labour lasted three days. Raised in an impoverished family with a father suffering from kidney failure, Fawziya was forced to drop out of school and married off at the age of 11. She fell pregnant a year later, the group said. "The lack of a statutory minimum age for marriage makes it impossible for local officials to ban child marriages, especially among girls, or to punish their parents or spouses for the disastrous consequences of such marriages. . . . Last year, a Yemeni court granted a divorce to an eight-year-old girl whose unemployed father forced her into an arranged marriage with a man 20 years her senior, saying he feared she might otherwise be kidnapped by the would-be spouse. . . . . Since she won Nojud's case, Nasser has been contacted by many girls in similar situations who were encouraged to speak out by her success in the courts. She has already helped a 10-year-old girl, Arwa, to get a divorce. She said she was working on the case of a teenager who had been married by her father at the age of two because he needed the money. The marriage contract allowed her to remain with her parents until the age of 13 when she was expected to consummate the union."

No statutory minimum age for marriage? Eight year old girls getting divorced? Two year old girls getting married?

Why do Western nations let these countries get away with this? They should get no aid. They should get no recognition. We should have no diplomatic relations with them. They should be thrown out of the United Nations.

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