Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog 1: Yemeni minister seeks laws to end child marriage

Blog 1: Yemeni minister seeks laws to end child marriage
   The human rights minister of Yemen asked to have a law passed that outs a minimum age for marriage by parliament. In a small town in Yemen called Meedi; which is north-western province of Hajjah, an eight year old girl was married off to a forty year old man. Today that young girl is dead, and no legal action was taken against the man. As told by Arwa Othaman “on the wedding night and after intercourse, she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture which caused her death.” (bbc, September 13 ). There are many obligations to the young girls of this town to marry older men for money, because their families are poor. This practice is still commonly used throughout Yemen. Authorities, such as the security official has denied that this event has even happened. Baroness Catherine Ashton, European Union’s foreign policy chief states “I call on the Yemeni government to abide by  its obligations under international law, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the child, of which Yemen is a member, to immediately reinstate legislation setting minimum age for marriage, in international norms, to prohibit such abuse of children.” (bbc, September 13). The Prime Minister of Yemen, Mohammed Salem Basindwa said the allegations are being handled seriously.
 In reading this article one’s first reaction is complete discuss. People might raise the questions such as; how can any parent let their child at that age be married off to a man five times her age? Or how can the government of Yemen allow for this practice to continue to be going on in today’s world? The problem in asking these questions is the view point in which these questions come from. In today’s society there are laws against such things as child marriage from happening. Some places in today’s world are not as advance as others and still live by the old way of living. This is a bigger problem than just in Yemen, many third world countries still have beliefs and practices that go against what many people believe is the right way of life. Many countries do not have laws against child marriages.

Lindsay Gebbia
September 13, 2013
10:11 p.m.

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