Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dead Yemeni child bride tied up, raped, says mom

Lest we imagine that pedophilia is exclusively a Catholic problem, the Associated Press gives us a stark reminder that there are large groups of people who not only rape children, or hide and protect child rapists when they think the news might affect the wealth and prestige of their bigoted organizations, but who actually consider it a perfectly acceptable moral practice to begin with:
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.
Religion, of course, is involved:
Legislation to ban child brides has been stalled by opposition from religious leaders...

A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament's constitutional committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic.
But, after all, why not? Isn't Muhammad a role model for us all?

Update: In response to this post, some loser actually wrote in, complaining that atheists "try to eliminate all the dreams and hopes of humanity." Right: the rape of children isn't the problem, it's atheism. Nice priorities, you sack of shit.

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