Global War Against Women: girls in Yemen

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:

A headline from HuffPo:

Screen shot 2013-09-09 at 3.24.19 PMAnd the facts:

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It points the country passed a law in February 2009 setting the minimum age of marriage at 17, but that it was repealed after conservative lawmakers declared it “un-Islamic”.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.

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