Oct 23 2013
YEMEN: Muslim father burns 15-year-old daughter to death after she was caught talking to her fiance on the phone
Police said the man was arrested after the teenager’s death in a village in the central Taiz province of Yemen. From a police statement: “The father committed this heinous crime on the pretext that his daughter had been keeping contacts with her fiance.”
UK Mirror (h/t Yohan) Traditional tribal customs in parts of Yemen ban contacts between men and women before marriage. Poverty and concern about “family honour” prompts many Yemenis to marry off their daughters young, often below the age of 18, a practice that has been criticised by international rights groups.
The death has sparked further outrage in Yemen, where an eight-year girl died from internal bleeding on her wedding night a month ago.
Authorities said last month they were investigating the girl’s death in northern Yemen, and that they would prosecute those responsible. Recent figures showed that more than a quarter of Yemen’s females marry before they reach the age 15.
A law was introduced in Yemen which set the minimum age of a bride at 17 . However, it was ditched in 2009 after lawmakers said it was ‘un-Islamic’.
In a similar case in Florida, a Yemeni Muslim mother burned her teenage daughter with a hot knife to punish her for talking to a boy online, in defiance of her parents’ demand that she marry a cousin.
An 8-year-old Yemeni bride died from internal injuries on her wedding night, bleeding to death after deep tearing caused by sex with her 40 year old husband.
A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage with a 24-year-old man, died of severe bleeding during an agonizing three-day labor that also killed her baby.