“Marital rape” a shocking combination of words because once you are married and if your husband wants to enjoy his right for sex it is not treated as rape even if you are an unwilling partner in the act,he has full freedom to exercise his marital rights.
So this is what this 23 year old Yemeni man in Shueba did. He married a 13 year old girl Elham Assi which is perfectly legal and acceptable as the practice of marrying young girls is widespread in impoverished Yemen. Traditional families prefer young brides and poor families can be lured with hundreds of dollars in gifts. The UN child agency, UNICEF, says one of three girls in Yemen is married before the age of 18.
Not only that as per the tribal customs prevalent the younger the girl is she can be moulded into an obedient wife without much difficulty and can be kept away from temptations and not only that the younger the bride more chances of her bearing more children.
This husband tied his child bride and forced himself upon the helpless kid. The result her vagina and rectum were deeply ripped and the poor girl died of severe hemorrhage barely four days after her marriage. But before losing consciousness she described her ordeal to her mother Nijma Ahmed.
Ironically last month, a group of the country’s highest Islamic authorities declared those supporting a ban on child marriages to be apostates. A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to a parliamentary committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic.