Instead of playing outside, learning and enjoying in a happy childhood, 10-12 million girls in more than 90 developing countries are being married without their will.
In Yemen, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and other countries, there is a high rate of marriage at an early age. The girls even under the age of 10 are literally deprived of their normal growing up and many of them suffer from the consequences of being married at an early age. The grooms are usually young men or middle-aged bachelors or widowers and even rapists who first abuse little girls and then claim them to be their wives.
This pathetic and repellent traditional practice has been going on for a really long time.
In this story, the Yemeni girl became a bride at the age of 8. She was forced to get married to a man significantly older than her. Her first wedding night was fatal because the alleged 40-year- old groom raped her and she died due to complications caused by the sexual trauma and internal bleeding.
The law and the religion allow child marriage in these countries and the population believes that in this way young girls lower the risk of losing virginity to someone before getting married.
Many organizations around the world are struggling to stop child marriage in the developing countries. Their aim is to introduce people to the violation of human rights and to encourage women to stand up for their right to childhood and to raise their voice to stop child marriage.
The fact of the matter is that most of the population is aware of this vile barbarism that the religion of Islam promotes and yet so many continue to defend it. Going against tradition in these countries means exclusion of the community.