An eight-year old girl identified as “Raman” has died of internal injuries after being raped on first night of her arranged marriage to a man more than five times her age. The incident has sparked outrage in the area, where child-marriage is a contentious issue.
After Nujood Ali, a ten-year-old girl, obtained a divorce from her adult husband, the country tried to make it illegal to marry off girls under the age of fifteen. Conservative activists and lawmakers overturned the law, calling it
“religious discrimination” against Muslims. As of now, marriage at any age is permitted in the country, but the adult husbands are supposed to wait until the girl is “sexually mature” before he rapes her. Usually, this age is considered to be nine years old.
Child marriage and systemic physical and sexual abuse of women are common in patriarchal societies, where men believe it is their right to raise their own brides to their liking. Victims are often from poor families, who sell their young daughters in order to make ends meet. It is most common in developing nations, like Chad, Niger, Bangladesh and Yemen. However, it’s also occurred in the United States, with the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and the Yearning for Zion Ranch.
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