Child marriage in 1697 of Marie Adélaïde of Savoy, age 12 to Louis, heir apparent of France age 15. The marriage created a political alliance.
Yemen will be reviving a bill that would set the minimum legal marrying age in Yemen to 18 years old.
Huriya Mashhoor, Yemen's human rights minister, said she has formally asked the president of the chamber of deputies to refile the parliamentary bill that would effectively ban child marriages in the country. She noted the bill was first introduced in 2009.
"We are asking to fix the legal age for marriage at 18, as Yemen is a signatory to the international conventions on children's rights," Ms Mashhoor said.
Last week, Yemen suffered a global outrage when news of the death of 8-year-old child bride Rawan from the hands of her 40-year-old groom hounded the world. The child reportedly died from internal bleeding due to severe sexual injuries, a torn genitalia and ruptured uterine, during their wedding night.
"This isn't the first time a child marriage has happened in Yemen, so we should not focus only on this case," Ms Mashhour told CNN.
"Many child marriages take place every year in Yemen. It's time to end this practice."
"I personally have (talked to) the human rights coordinator for the ministry on the ground in Haradh," she said, "and he informed me that nearly everyone he spoke to is denying the story, but he feels strongly suspicious. We feel people may be hiding information due to fear."
Child marriage in India
- In 1900, Rana Prathap Kumari age 12 married Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV age 16. Two years later, he was recognized as the King of Mysore under British India
The definition of child marriage is applicable for both boys and girls. However, girls are often the ones more on the receiving end because of the importance placed on female virginity. Such marriages occur due to a number of reasons, including poverty, religious and social pressures, regional customs, fear of remaining unmarried, and perceived inability of women to work for money.
Although the incidence rates of child marriage have been dropping worldwide, there remains five nations with the highest observed rates of child marriages below 18. These include Niger, Chad, Mali, Bangladesh and Guinea.
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