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13 Year Old Yemeni Child Bride Tied Up, Raped – Bled To Death

Posted by jagoindia on April 13, 2010

Updated April 10, 2010
Dead Yemeni child bride tied up, raped, says mom

SHUEBA, Yemen (AP) — A 13-year-old Yemeni child bride who bled to death shortly after marriage was tied down and forced to have sex by her husband, according to interviews with the child’s mother, police and medical reports.

The girl’s mother, Nijma Ahmed, 50, told the Associated Press that before her daughter lost consciousness, she said that her husband had tied her up and forced himself on her. “She looked like she was butchered,” she said about her daughter’s injuries.

Elham Assi, 13, bled to death hours after she spoke to her mother and just days after she was married to a 23-year-old man. She died on April 2 in the deeply poor Yemeni village of Shueba, some 200 kilometers northwest of the capital. Her husband, Abed al-Hikmi, is in police custody.

The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen where a quarter of all females marry before the age of 15, according to a 2009 report by the country’s Ministry of Social Affairs. Traditional families prefer young brides because they are seen as more obedient and are expected to have more children.

Legislation to ban child brides has been stalled by opposition from religious leaders. There has been no government comment over the case.

The girl — one of eight siblings — was pushed into marriage after an agreement between her brother and her future-husband to marry each other’s sisters to avoid having to pay expensive bride-prices — a common arrangement in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

According to police notes from the interrogation of the husband, he was upset because he could not consummate their relationship and felt under pressure to prove his manhood.

Assi’s mother said she also tried to persuade her daughter to have sex with her husband so as not to shame the family.

Al-Hikmi took his young bride to a nearby medical clinic, asking a doctor there to administer her tranquilizers so she would not resist his advances. The clinic said it refused.

Al-Hikmi then obtained performance enhancing pills, according to the police interrogation, and that night completed the act while she screamed.

The next day, he returned to the same medical clinic carrying Assi because she could not walk.

“I told him not to go near her for at least ten days,” said Dr. Fathiya Haidar. She said Assi’s vaginal canal was ripped.

A forensic report obtained by the AP showed that Assi’s injuries were much more extensive, including extensive tearing around the vagina and rectum, suggesting that there might have been additional intercourse after the clinic visit.

Her mother said she visited Assi later that day, where she found her daughter fading in and out of consciousness.

“She whispered in my ear that he had tied her up and had sex with her violently,” she said. “I said to her husband, what have you done, you criminal?”

She said al-Hikmi told her that the young bride was just possessed by spirits and said he would take her to a folk healer to cast them out. Hours later, Assi was dead.

“She asked me to stay beside her,” her mother said.

The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has drawn the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages.

“Early marriage places girls at increased risk of dropping out of school, being exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation, and even losing their lives from pregnancy, childbirth and other complications,” said UNICEF’s regional director Sigrid Kaag, in a statement Wednesday condemning the death.

A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament’s constitutional committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic. The committee is expected to make a final decision on the legislation this month.

The issue of Yemen’s child brides received widespread attention three years ago when an 8-year-old girl boldly went by herself to a courtroom and demanded a judge dissolve her marriage to a man in his 30s. She eventually won a divorce.

In September, a 12-year-old Yemeni child-bride died after struggling for three days in labor to give birth, a local human rights organization said.

Associated Press Writer Diaa Hadid contributed to this report from Cairo.

5 Responses to “13 Year Old Yemeni Child Bride Tied Up, Raped – Bled To Death”

  1. Dr. O. P. Sudrania said

    It is better for a girl to marry in such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband’s house rather than her father’s home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.
    Ayatollah Khomeini
    (Quote taken from Khomeini’s book, Tahrirolvasyleh, vol. 4, Darol Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990, Source: Homa For more sensational and outrageous quotes regarding “taboo” issues, please see the Homa website.)

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

  2. fazal said

    how can u say that mostly Muslims are terrorist if u want to see real terrorism whats happen in philistine and in Kashmir with Muslim? bigest terreriost in the world is amirica after that isrial if any boddy fight agents peace it means that is terrorest? its ur thinks its not mine first littel bit abt ISLAM after that say somting abt ISLAM. i hope ur thinking must be changed best wishes 4 u

  3. River Of The Crystal Waters said

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania, that is amoung the most sexist, pedophillic and ignorant things I’ve heard.
    Please don’t be too offended or insult by my words but you shame Islam, Allah and all muslims with such beliefs. What you said there was nothing more then the words and beliefs of Pedophiles, ignortant people and sexists. As well as those who have been raised to believe such things and either never question them or begin to enjoy them themselves; including yourself.
    Let me point out some things to you please:
    Why is it that its good for only girls to go through such things and not boys? Convient isn’t it; that if a person (or from what you wrote) a father would allow their daughters to go through such a thing, that they would go to heaven?
    By doing, supporting or ignoring such things, your abusing and subjegating Allah’s daughters.. his children. Such acts shame him. How can you support and defend them?
    To allow any child to go through these things is to hurt Allah’s children.
    However, just like I said. Very convient that only girls and women go through this, not boys and men. More proof that it was sexist, pedophillic men who created such a tradition and mixed it into Islam. Those are the men who shame and dirty the name of Allah and Islam.
    Are you going to be amoung these men?
    Will you allow such dirty acts to continue?
    I hope you do not.
    Again, please forgive me if you have been insulted or offended in anyway Dr. O. P. Sudrania; but
    please think carefully about all I’ve said.
    Be safe and have a good day.

  4. kailey said

    i cant believe anyone would believe this is ok that poor little girl was raped and murdered by a man twice her age!!!! the younger u marry off your daughter the better thats bull shit!!! its cruel and heartless and disgusting and i promise you there will be no place in heaven for anyone that can do that to a baby girl!!!! i pray to god that some time soon the people that believe this is acceptable will either burn in hell or change their ways its a sin!!!

  5. Khalid said

    Why 25 Hindu girls forcibly converting in Pakistan. Here in Ullal near Mangalore we are converting more than 50 hindu girls and 10-15 hindu men every month.

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