99 Al Nahar, Lebanon, reported that the death occurred in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which surrounds Saudi Arabia. This brings much more attention to the already existing problem of forced kid marital relationships in the Middle East.
” Inning accordance with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million women will end up being kid brides. Additionally, of the 140 million ladies who will marry before the age of 18, 50 million will be under the age of 15.”
It is reported that over a quarter of Yemen’s young girls are wed prior to the age of 15. Not just do they lose access to health and education, these child brides are frequently subjected to physical, psychological and sexual violence in their forced marriages.
Among the primary problems is that there is currently no consistent recognized definition of a “child” that has actually been decideded upon worldwide. This leaves different analyses within countries and little security for those who are impacted.
Establishing this age limit is among the top concerns of groups like HRC which was accountable for releasing the 54-page report “How Come You Permit Little Women to Get Married?”, recording the lifelong damage to women who are forced to wed at young ages. Many pro age-limit companies agree that 18 need to be the legal age for marriage.
In February 2009, a law was created in Yemen that set the minimum age for marital relationship at 17. Unfortunately, it was repealed after more conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic.