8-year-old Yemeni child dies at hands of 40-year-old husband on wedding night

8-year-old Yemeni child dies at hands of 40-year-old husband on wedding night
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Yes, most girls start their cycle by age 12, but if you know anything about the developing body you know that it is not really ready to have children until several years later. Yes, a young girl can get pregnant, but it is not healthy for her or for the child. The long term health problems are huge. And while some might be sexually active at that age, it is usually not until 15 or 16 that that happens. While I do not promote 16 year olds marrying and having babies, I definitely DO NOT think anyone younger, or
ANYONE AT ALL, should be forced to marry.

Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 06/07/2014 - 23:01

back in the days, when women couldn't obtain an education, get a job, sustain a life - marriage was more of the norm, because they needed a man to survive because they were the only ones in society that worked and earned $. however, in most industrialized societies - which is part of this world - women don't need to marry a man anymore - unless they choose to do so due to religious practice, or familial pressures. even having a child, women don't need to have sex with a man - they just need $ and can adopt or get it via test-tube and donated sperm. the days of marriage and needing a man for security and lifestyle, for many women in the world who are part of these modern industrialized societies, is becoming a thing of the past. on a side note - it is not a minstrel cycle - it is a menstrual cycle and the age you list for it to begin is merely an average - all females are different and it can actually in a more realistic perspective - start before or after that age.

Tina Colliton (not verified) Sat, 06/07/2014 - 15:25

12? You think 12 is old enough for marriage?

You speak of god yet you think 12 is a good age to marry a girl off, what kind of god do you believe in?

What of the boys? Surely they can marry at 12 too right? Why not allow two 12 year olds to marry, I am sure they each have the maturity to handle such a commitment.

Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 06/07/2014 - 01:59

I got my menstrual when I was nearly 16, my daughter did the same...your implying rule that 12 is a ripe old age to start having sex is warped and seriously wrong!!! beside, do you really think that a 12 yo will be in any culture or religion happy to marry a 40yo?? try to think how you'd feel if you were 12 and were married to a 40 yo woman (I can only assume you are a male)

Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:52

You are an idiot

Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 06/06/2014 - 04:19

A country without Christ is a country full of inhumane crimes.

Follower of Christ from Singapore (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 13:44

Give me a break.. How's Christ doing on Gay rights and racism? At least the Pope is finally addressing pedophilia within the clergy.

Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 03/11/2015 - 19:33


For all those who are thinking oh Americans you guys don't know a thing and you guys have the same issue. Because of that they should not report what is going on world widely? We should be all aware of this problems. And for all people who believe that this is Islam I will have to tell you that Mohammed s.a.v.s ( prophet) was preaching against this. And he and Q'uran strictly forbid this. My heart is in pain because we as a world are not able to help?! How is it possible that we let this? ???? People blame religion but I blame people and ignorance!!!! THIS IS NOT ISLAM OR HUMAN LIKE ! btw, I'm writing from Europe so pardon my grammar errors :)

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 13:03

It is not 'people' its men. We do not live in the dark ages were women had to marry. In todays world women the world should be able to decide if or when they get married and it should never be before the age of 17

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:45

Absolutely disgusting!!! Un Islamic??? Are you efffing kidding me!! Beyond SICK!!!

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:51

Muslim men make me sick. I wish they'd all die.

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:34

How dare you assume ALL are the same. How dare you!
I am in no way condoning this cultural practice, but the constant ignorance from ignorant people like you is another problem in a world I am trying to raise 3 daughter in!
....a devoted, open minded Catholic!!

Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:17

Any grown man who sleeps with a child should be executed. This is sick and disgusting. The people who gave her to him to marry at 8 and him for following through with it. Disgusting.

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 04:27

And we give financial support to these countries ?!?!?!? are you kidding me ?!?!?!? ....support Islam ??????? i don't get it ...........................bomb them back to the stone age ..oh wait they're in the stone age ....maybee take thier country over and indoctrinate them to living in the 21st century

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 00:57

This has nothing to do with Islam. Islam does not condone such behaviour. I am a Muslim and I find this sickening. All around the world girls are getting pregnant at the ages of 14, 15, 16.... this is not acceptable for people of any religion or belief. Maybe you should be more careful with what you say and not make generalisations about something you clearly know nothing about.

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 06/03/2014 - 09:21

8 year olds die every in every country every day due to poor life conditions, murder, starvation, health, abandonment, shootings, war, old land mines, abusers, repast, and just plain old bad luck. EVERY DAY EVERY HOUR, especially in the U.S

Yes this sucks. But the bigger issue IS why it was allowed to happened, not that a kid died. so instead of yelling at people who post political comments and saying "OMG a kid died and all you are worried about is......" isn't helping the situation or the world and is honestly a waist of a comment. Fell angry and said, but act smart! progress the world don't just yell.

and side note this honestly might not have even happened, it is the internet, people lie to get their point across, true it could, but i find no real credible source to say the whole story is true.

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 00:55

Your propaganda is a complete LIE. 8 year olds do not die "every day" in America because of poor conditions. The biggest problem our poor have is OBESITY - not starvation. Get your facts straight.

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 15:02

are you actually trying to find some twisted justification for this ?!

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:22

Here is an idea who about the UN put more energy into dealing with countries that are allowing this to happen then telling Australian families how to discipline their child. Education is a key factor here. when are we going to get Islamic clerics to start realizing how wrong this is. let kids be kids.

Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 06/01/2014 - 22:27

What happens in yemen has nothing to do with islam, since you are not allowed to physically harm your wife when having sex.

Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 06/01/2014 - 20:01

This is what ya get when you have "men" and RELIGION run everything!

Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 06/01/2014 - 13:41

How is it that my 'Civilised' society wishes me to consider these beings as worthwhile? I have wondered for a very very long time if I am racist (now, by definition, if I wasn't Civilised I would not even stop to think about this) and I have come to the conclusion that, no, I am not racist, I do not hate individuals from other countries, nor do I wish to dominate over them, and I certainly don't think that my race is superior. But maybe it causes me to become, what I have coined, culturalist. That's right, I am against many aspects of the Middle Eastern culture and African cultures also, just to throw it in there. Now, a friend has pointed out that the Culture, in the case of the Middle East and Africa stems, in part from the religion in these regions. Now, I don't give a shit about religion and I don't believe this kind of behaviour is the fault of religion. This shit happens because the culture of these people has not evolved. Now, I don't know if the brain power of these people has not evolved also, and essentially they are lower down the scale than non human animals (non human animals do not have sexual intercourse with individuals that are not sexually mature) or whether they are just so F**n ignorant that they still blindly believe that female oppression and misogyny is ok, and also the misandry that results. Now, I do give a shit when an 8 year old child is raped and killed by a sick paedophile, with no self control and it is LEGAL AND OK and I feel that I have a right to be very candid here as I would normally be a bit more reserved and considerate of others .... but not now. Now, you tell me ... again .... how is it that I am to think that these beings are worthwhile? Coz to me, them, and their culture, is lower than dogshit!

thekrrib (not verified) Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:18

Now, I do give a shit when an 8 year old child is raped and killed by a sick pedophile, with no self control and it is LEGAL AND OK and I feel that I have a right to be very candid here as I would normally be a bit more reserved and considerate of others .... but not now.

Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 06/04/2014 - 05:29

I'm middle eastern and I'm here to tell you that not only are you racist, but you're WRONG. This isn't a part of middle eastern culture. It's part of a small, fanatical, extremist muslim sub-culture that has brought a bad name upon the rest of us. So, yes. You ARE racist. You've lumped an entire (very large) group of people together in your mind as inferior, subhuman beings. Not only are you doing that, you've failed to do ANY kind of research, which is made clear by your inaccurate assumption that these actions are consistent with middle eastern culture. So in summary: go to hell, and take your racist, uneducated, narrow minded views with you.

And before you get back up on your high horse, let me make one thing clear: I am in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM defending the actions of the small sub-set of middle easterners represented in this article. Those individuals are disgusting, and deserving of whatever retribution comes their way. But in NO WAY are they representative of the middle eastern culture as a whole.

Angela M (not verified) Mon, 06/02/2014 - 06:09

Good point. Every country and every religion, has groups with in that are not good. There are always bad people out there, to lump everyone in that group in wrong. There are a lot of good Muslims, a lot of good Catholics, Baptists are all groups. We can't jump on one group and say they are all bad. That's just wrong!

Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 06/06/2014 - 16:24

They're not representative of the middle eastern culture as a whole? How about this quote, "In February 2009, a law was created in Yemen that set the minimum age for marriage at 17. Unfortunately, it was repealed after more conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic."

So if this just a "small sub-set of middle easterners" as you say, why is it that they make and control these laws and get to say what is "un-Islamic"?

Some of these comments are racist, but with good cause...so don't blame them. If they knew exactly who this person was, they would be attacking them personally. It's disgusting and horrific that children that live in Islamic countries are forced to be married to men that are as old as their own fathers. This is not okay.

And I' surprised that many MUSLIM people are NOT SPEAKING UP against this! You must be the change, because no one else can get to these monsters!

Because if they did, this wouldn't be happening... Seems like you are angry at people who say they hate the Islamic religion, not the Muslims in your own religion that are doing this and you are ignoring.

Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 06/06/2014 - 04:20

If we can just get rid of religion especially Islam.

Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 06/01/2014 - 00:29

cant even post my comment here? whats wrong? cause im RIGHT? or hold on ... i do live in west countrry-freeedom of own word...democracy! if you dont like it do not post articles like that !

Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 05/31/2014 - 18:16

waw.... im surprised...thought Muslim people are great people as they are suppose to be as according to Quaran loving and caring (being sarcastic tho) ...where the f.... in any religious book is written to marry or-hold on sexually abuse a child? the f... is wrong with all those countries? this is suppose to be democracy and religion???? is this f... written in Quaran or any other book? If not then I shall take it all Muslims are only bunch of liars making their own suitable rules!!! If it was possible I would put all those small minded f... people who stone women who make themselves great or abuse children onto one f.. island and would throw there f... atom bomb!!! shit this has happened in Chernobyl and not in those f..minded countries!!v Shit Hitler went after Jewish and not after people who are like rats....plenty of them and always alive.... not surprised anarchy exists!!!

Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 05/31/2014 - 18:09

Both the mother, father and 'husband rapist' should be hanged!!!! They do not deserve to live - and the people who live by these 'traditions' should be wiped out as well!!! SHAME on this world that they sit back knowing that this is going on and DO NOTHING about it.

Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 05/31/2014 - 17:15

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