An 8-year-old girl has reportedly died of internal injuries on her wedding after being forced to marry a man five times her age.
In Yemen, there is a disturbing tradition in which young girls are married off to much older men, says the Daily Mail. According to AWM, nearly a quarter of the female population is married by the time they turn 15. The tradition is not without its consequences.
Activists say an 8-year-old girl named Rawan has died from internal bleeding after being raped by her 40-year-old husband on their wedding night.
Many are calling for the husband to be arrested in an effort to seek justice for the girl's family.
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Now, because of atrocities such as this, activists are calling for the practice of marrying young girls to be put to an end in the country.
A blogger known as Angry Man posted about the practice and also about the incident involving the 8-year-old bride. He referred to the husband as "an animal who deserved to be punished severely for his crime," and added that "all those who supported such a crime should also be punished."