This one is so awful, there are no words. Via my friend Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True, who picked it up from HuffPo:
An eight-year-old Yemeni girl has died of internal sexual injuries after spending her wedding night with a husband five times her age.
The girl, identified as Rawan, is believed to have suffered tearing of her genitals and a uterine rupture, Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al Watan reports.
. . . Al Bawaba reports over a quarter of young girls in Yemen are married before the age of 15.
It points the country passed a law in February 2009 setting the minimum age of marriage at 17, but that it was repealed after conservative lawmakers declared it “un-Islamic”.
Only religion can sanction this kind of monstrous behavior. And no, it can’t be pinned on Western occupation.