A 15-year-old Yemeni girl was burned to death by her father after he caught her and her fiancé chatting on the telephone, authorities say.
The 35-year-old father was arrested after the teen girl’s death in the remote village of Shabaa in the Taiz province.
While traditional tribal customs in some parts of Yemen prohibit contact between men and women before marriage, the police issued a statement decrying this father’s actions.
“The father committed this heinous crime on the pretext that his daughter had been keeping in contact with her fiancé,” according to the statement.
Many Yemenis marry off their daughters young, often below the age of 18.
Last year, the UN Human Rights council raised concerns about “honor killings” in the country, reports BBC News. Honor killings occur when the perpetrators believe the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community. Perpetrators were not charged with murder and instead only faced a six-month to one-year prison sentence, according to Reuters.
Authorities said last month they were investigating the death of the eight-year-old girl in northern Yemen and that they would prosecute those responsible. The girl reportedly died of internal bleeding on the night she wed a 40-year-old man.