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8-Year-Old Bride Dies On Wedding Night

| by Brendan Kelly

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. 

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."

Sources: AWMDaily Mail / Photo credit: AWM

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