Yemen Child Marriages: Child marriage cases in Yemen boom, forced marriage at the age of 12 is now the situation

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There has been a spurt in child marriage cases in Yemen. Here girls are forced to marry at the age of 12 years. This report was given in NHK World and explained in detail the exploitation of girls in the country. Yamao Kazuhiro in his article recounted the saga of the exploitation of a 12-year-old girl, Al-Anoud Shariyan, who was forced into marriage by a man 20 years older than her age. . Al Anud, living with his mother and elder sister, was forcibly married to his cousin.


Now after 7 years she is recovering in the hospital. Her husband attacked her. According to Al Anud, the seriously ill mother believed that only her marriage could give her a secure future. He was then married to his aristocrat Abdullah Rajat. Her mother died soon after marriage and became dependent on her husband.


According to UNICEF, marriage under the age of 18 is a violation of human rights but Yemen does not believe it. Here, daughters are married as soon as 10 years old. This situation has worsened since the 2015 war, due to which the poverty situation in most of the families is poor. To make a living, people sell their daughters as brides. According to a UNICEF estimate, more than 4 million children were forcibly married last year. Due to this, cases of violence against women have also increased here. The Yemen Women's Organization of Sanaa said that in a month, about 60 calls come in which there is a complaint of violence done by husbands. Most such cases are related to child marriage.