Child Bride, 8, Killed by Wedding Night Sex

Child Bride, 8, Killed by Wedding Night Sex

A little girl in Yemen, just eight years old, has died from internal injuries after her 40 year old husband engaged in sex with her on their wedding night. Her death was caused by internal hemorrhaging brought on by intercourse. The practice of an older man marrying a child bride is tied to deep religious and cultural traditions, specifically Islamic practices. In fact, a proposed law banning the practice of marriage for girls under the age of 17 was rejected due to its being deemed “un-Islamic.” Currently, one fourth of girls in Yemen are married before they reach the age of 15.

Some activists groups are calling for the arrest of the girl’s family as well as her husband, but with such deeply rooted beliefs, specifically belief in the Quran, it seems highly unlikely that the taking of child brides will end anytime soon. The specific verse in the Quran that allows for child marriage is often cited as the following:

O Prophet, when you [and the believers] divorce women, divorce them for their prescribed waiting-period and count the waiting period accurately . . . 4 And if you are in doubt about those of your women who have despaired of menstruation, (you should know that) their waiting period is three months, and the same applies to those who have not menstruated as yet. As for pregnant women, their period ends when they have delivered their burden. 

The phrase “…and the same applies to those who have not menstruated yet,” is looked upon as the verse which encourages men to marry child brides. Although some religious leaders state that this is a misinterpretation of the Quran, it does not seem to deter the millions of men who delight in marrying children.

According to the website Islam QA, “It is permissible for a man to arrange a marriage for his young son even if he has not reached puberty; it is also permissible for him to arrange a marriage for his young daughter even if she had not reached the age of puberty.”

It’s not just Yemen that faces this problem. Worldwide, child brides number at 57 million, with a whopping 40% of those marriages taking place in India. The custom of marrying child brides is directly tied into women’s extreme oppression and forced submission. It should be no surprise that gang rapes in India have begun to spiral out of control. In places where women are viewed as lesser than and inferior to men, practices such as marrying little girls and raping and murdering women are commonplace.

It’s not just Islam that denigrates and subjugates women; nearly all religious traditions are male dominated. Men hold the reins of power so firmly because they are terrified of what will happen if they are not in control. Men in these situations are unable to control their animal instincts and instead act like a pack of dogs, fighting for alpha status and becoming violent to those they view as beneath them or those who could be a threat to the power position they hold.

Now, a little child, a girl just eight years of age has been killed by sex on her wedding night. She is not the first child to suffer such a fate and she will not be the last. Until people the world over give up their superstitious religious traditions, which in many cases encourage violence against women, there will be no change in the amount of deaths from rape, child marriage and murder of women and girls.

By: Rebecca Savastio

(op-ed)

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12 Responses to Child Bride, 8, Killed by Wedding Night Sex

  1. eureka November 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

    To hear such a thing breaks my heart. It is true. People misinterpret scriptures to please themselves. It is a crime in islam to hurt another even by the smallest action. Yes a child can marry when she menstruates but obviously it depends on the maturity of the child. A sign that she can bear kids. There are also people who are older who are late to menstruate or at menopause. Many young girls in primary school in my country have babies out of wedlock. By the time they reach grade 12 they are hiv positive with a string of kids. Most teens are sexually active by 13. This is definately wrong ,the sex was obviously very rough. I feel sorry for the husband because he will have to pay for her death. By the islamic law he should also be put to death. If the shariah law was enforced this would never happen. Also in islam a woman can never be forced to marry. They are obviously not following islam. Islam protects women. In the Quraan there is a whole chapter on woman. So many disobey religious teachings. Then people hate the religion. Sad really.

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  2. Julius Caesar October 9, 2013 at 3:35 am

    The beast ought to face capital punishment

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  3. Julius Caesar October 9, 2013 at 3:32 am

    The man should face capital punishment.

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  4. God's child October 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Now we see why Islamic people and their beliefs and seen as wickedness. The creator of this land will deal with them.

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  5. Hayley October 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Nearly all women suffer under Islam.
    Their outer genitals are cut off and sewn up at aged 7 or so, so that they cannot have sex until marriage. It’s done by a ‘cutter’, similar to a witch doctor, and the girl is forcibly held down, and cut without anaesthetic, much less consent.
    Then they are cut open again on their wedding night. Many, even adult women, bleed to death on their wedding night. The scars they are left with after ‘cutting’ cannot accommodate intercourse without terrible pain, bleeding and tearing.
    Those that survive often go on to die in childbirth.

    I’m not sure why this little girl made the news, its a common occurence in islamic countries.
    It even happens to the daughters of Islamic families in Europe and the US.

    Google “FGM” and read the whole story of this nightmare existence.
    FGM stands for Female Genital Mutiliation.

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  6. chris lye September 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

    the poor little girl,some people are sick.This is so wrong.

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  7. Daniel September 13, 2013 at 4:23 am

    such evil use of religion for a sicking purpose the only thing this that is Right for this man is having to live the rest of his life in a concentration camp~!

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  8. chacha September 12, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    that man is a demon!

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  9. Kristen September 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    What did that little girl endure? Pain and suffering for the man’s pleasure? Sick!

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  10. Longinus September 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Much better to focus on Syria that actually saving true innocence

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  11. Stuart September 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Make sure the perpertrator is hung & quartered.

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