April 12th, 2010 10:22 EST
Child Bride, 12, Dies From Internal Bleeding After Sex With Much Older Husband
"A 12-year-old Yemeni bride died of internal bleeding following intercourse three days after she was married off to an older man, the United Nations Children`s Fund said.
The girl was married to a man at least twice her age, said Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Her death is `a painful reminder of the risks girls face when they are married too soon,` Kaag said Thursday.
Amal Basha, chairwoman of the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights, a Yemeni human rights group, identified the girl Friday as Elham Mahdi. Read more
Child brides are common in Yemen, and many other Muslim countries. Most of the child brides are married off to much older men who already have other wives.
A middle-aged man doesn`t marry a 12-year-old girl because he values her as a spiritual soul mate, or as an intellectual equal. He marries her for only one reason, so he can have his way with her.
Oh Islam, the wonderful religion of peace, that allows men to legally rape very young girls.
It`s an outrage that Elham Mahdi had to die in such a horrific way, and it`s an outrage that happens all the time in the Muslim world.
If there were a God in heaven, this monster would be raped in prison, and die of rectal bleeding. But in Yemen people don`t think this man did nothing wrong, and Allah smiles on good Muslim men who take child brides. So what if a child bride dies after sex, women are nothing but chattel. This man is probably already looking for another 12-year-old girl to marry.
Only a very few brave Muslim women speak out against child brides. It`s incumbent upon Western reporters and bloggers to condemn this unspeakable practice, we must shame the Islamic countries into banning the raping of girls as young as ten.
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