Monday, September 14, 2009

Yemeni girl, 12, dies in painful childbirth

Legislation to a minimum marriage age to 17 violates sharia law, says many Yemanese parliamentarians.

"AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, died during a painful childbirth that also killed her baby, a children's rights group said Monday.

The Yemeni parliament tried in February to pass a law, setting the minimum marriage age at 17. But the measure has not reached the president because many parliamentarians argued it violates sharia, or Islamic law, which does not stipulate a minimum age.

After a well-publicized trial, she was granted a divorce.

The Yemeni parliament tried in February to pass a law, setting the minimum marriage age at 17. But the measure has not reached the president because many parliamentarians argued it violates sharia, or Islamic law, which does not stipulate a minimum age."


Link:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/14/yemen.childbirth.death/index.html

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