Posts tagged "child bride"

8-Year-Old “Child Bride” Dies On Wedding Night

An eight-year-old girl in Yemen, who was married to a 40-year-old man, died from rape-related injuries on her wedding night. The girl, who was called Rawan, died from severe internal bleeding and uterine rupturing. Although child marriage was criminalized in Yemen in 2009, it was later overturned by conservatives who said it went against…

Jessica Wakeman / September 11, 2013

Escaped Yemeni Child Bride Tells Her Tale

In impoverished Yemen, the forced marriage of young girls is not an uncommon practice. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, men will pay poor families a “bride price” for their young daughters, so marrying off girls as young as Nada al-Ahdal, 11, happens often. There is also a traditional belief that if girls are married…

Mary Odell / July 22, 2013

“The Girl Store” Campaign Sheds Light On India’s Child Marriage Problem

Today in India is a celebration called Akshaya Tritiya, a Hindu and Jain holy day which is marked by mass marriages. But human rights supporters in India, such as UNICEF, are using the day to draw attention to a less jubilant topic: child brides. Child marriage is officially illegal in India, but that hasn’t stopped…

Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Preacher Sentenced To 175 Years For Taking Girls As “Child Brides”

Tony Alamo, a 75-year-old evangelist preacher, has been sentenced to 175 years in prison for taking underage girls as “child brides” and molesting them. Alamo apparently threatened the girls with “the loss of their salvation.” [NY Daily News]
Some pregnant women are forgoing the H1N1 vaccine, saying they are more comfortable with holistic approaches, like…

Jessica Wakeman / November 13, 2009

Today’s Lady News: 12-Year-Old Child Bride Dies In Childbirth

How sad: a 12-year-old girl who was a child bride in Yemen died of severe bleeding after struggling to give birth for three days. Fawziya Adullah Youssef’s father married her to a 24-year-old farmer when the girl was only 11-years-old. [Daily Mail]
At a conference in Vienna, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out…

Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Child Bride Forced To Return To Her 80-Year-Old Husband

A 10-year-old Saudi Arabian girl has been returned to her 80-year-old husband after hiding at her aunt’s home for 10 days. The marriage is allowed by Sharia law, which the husband has accused the girl’s aunt of violating by allowing the girl to hide from him. [Fox News] — Sheesh. And some people are worried…

Jessica Wakeman / August 26, 2009

Email Order Baby Brides

While my Jewish mother would do almost anything to marry me off, apparently I should thank my lucky stars that she hasn’t put me up for sale! Although, I’m already past peak for this eBay-style site of teen brides — MarryOurDaughter.com. On the page, parents advertise their young daughters and sell them through an online…

Simcha / April 25, 2008