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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Yemeni father sold 7-year-old daughter into forced marriage to Muslim man her grandfather's age

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Watch: Al-Jazeera TV presenter: A seven-year-old Yemeni child was married off by her father to a man her grandfather's age. Human rights organizations in the Abyan province have been dealing with this case. This is not a unique case. Child marriage in Yemen is something of a prevalent social phenomenon, which is shrouded in silence, due to poverty, destitution, and the lack of legal deterrents. This is the story of Basma, the youngest bride in Yemen.
Women and girls in the Arab world are often treated as property and sold into forced marriages.
Child marriage is still practiced all over the Arab-Muslim world in countries such as Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, etc.
An estimated 15 million girls under 18 are married each year. Girls who marry before they turn 18 are less likely to remain in school and more likely to experience domestic violence. Everything possible must be done to protect these vulnerable children.
Under Sharia law girls can marry at the age of 6, just like the Prophet Muhammad from the Koran did when he married Aisha. Muhammad consummated his marriage with Aisha when she was nine.
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