According to the statement, the child bride, who was only identified as Rewan, was reportedly forced to marry a man five times her age. Because the girl was only 8-years-old, she was extremely small and still very much a child. Unfortunately, that did not stop her ’40-year-old husband’ from having interc0urse with her on their wedding night. Officials said that things only got worse from there because the bride eventually died from internal bleeding following her newlywed husband’s forceful penetra-i0n.
Because the little girl was only a child, her death has sparked outrage among the people of Yemen and the world community at large. Although Rewan died on her wedding night after being given to a 40-year-old man who killed her during se*, Otman, who is the head of Yemen’s House of Folklore, hopes that her work as an activist can help other people see the dangers of child brides. The marriage occurred in a small town.
“On the wedding night and after intercourse, she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture which caused her death,” Otman stated bluntly. “They took her to a clinic, but the medics couldn’t save her life.” Although the man killed the child bride, Yemeni authorities have taken no action against the man responsible. They have also not taken any action against the girl’s family who allowed the 40-year-old man to marry the girl, five times his junior.
However, local residents told Reuters that tribal chiefs covered up the tragedy after the news got out of town. They even tried to censor local journalists by urging them not to write about the story. Yemeni families sometimes marry their young daughters off as a way to save money. They no longer have to pay for the child’s food or childcare. They even earn cash money from the girl’s dowry. Dear readers, we are republishing this story to raise awareness about child se-ual abuse. According to the latest statistics, 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience se-ual abuse or assault from an adult.