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Manama: Kuwaitis have called for stringent action against a family in Yemen after their eight-year-old daughter died of internal injuries on the first night of her arranged marriage to a man more than five times her age.

Rawan died in city of Hardh in the Governorate of Hajjah in northwestern Yemen, Kuwaiti daily Al Watan reported on Sunday, quoting Yemeni media.

She is believed to have suffered a tear to her genitals and severe bleeding.

Yemeni activists urged the local police to arrest the ?beastly groom? and the girl?s family and transfer them to a court where justice would be served and the case would be used to help put an end to the practice of marrying very young girls in the impoverished country, the daily said.


And this is why I disagree when anyone says arranged marriage is a good thing.
I know cultures are different, but how could someone go through with marrying an 8 year old?
I know cultures are different, but how could someone go through with marrying an 8 year old?

A better question; how could someone RAPE an 8 year old??!!? This world is becoming uglier and uglier the older I get. What the hell is wrong with people? The sick **** who did this has no soul.
And this is why I disagree when anyone says arranged marriage is a good thing.
Just wanna say real fast:
Child marriage =/= arranged marriage. It's not really the same thing. In this case, as a child marriage, it would be considered a 'forced marriage', which is where one or both parties have no say in the matter. These days many arranged marriages involve each party having a say-so in the matter, and it's either consent to the actual marriage or consent given to a third party to find a spouse (like matchmaking). Arranged marriages are not really good or bad. Child and forced marriages, however, are bad.

But I'm just being insistent upon technical terminology because I really hate it when people confuse the two and think arranged marriages are the same as forced marriages. Also I just hate it when people use incorrect terminology.

Anyway, this is an awful thing and hopefully the practice will end. As a child this girl wouldn't have been able to consent to a marriage in the first place. That aside, she was obviously too young to be having intercourse (I mean, duh) so her parents were not only horrible, but ****ing stupid. Even if you wanna force your child into a marriage, then at least wait until they're biologically ready to have intercourse so, you know, **** like this doesn't happen and they die. And that doesn't even begin to touch on how horrible this guy this poor girl was married to is. I mean, wow. Just... wow. Oh and FYI, I just want to state that, yes, I'm saying 'intercourse' because I'm talking in a biological context. In this situation, it's so obviously rape, no debate about it. Just wanted to state that in case anyone was reading what I was saying differently.

But, just, oh God, how awful. I mean she was eight! Eight! Holy Christ, what is wrong with people?! This dude was over 40 after all (8 x 5 is 40 and they said he was over 5x the girls age) so he should have enough sense to know something like this would have happened (her parents as well!). I mean I know he's clearly a pedophile, but, come on man...

I do sincerely hope the police and government do something to put a stop to this, but I get the feeling they wont since they have not already. If they haven't caught up on the times by now, I doubt they will ever. But there's always the hope that if people **** and complain enough, **** will change, and while normally I don't like the 'squeaky wheel gets the oil' mentality... in this case it's a good thing. People should be ****ing and complaining about this since it's so blatantly and obviously wrong!

In short: this is ****ing sick... is it still considered wrong to burn people at the stake, or do you think society would make an exception for these complete barbarians?
Ugh. Culture or not, that **** is wrong and anyone in their right mind would know it.