A human rights group says a 13-year-old Yemeni girl has died of injuries to her genitals four days after a family-arranged marriage.
Ilham Mahdi al Assi, 13, was married to a man almost twice her age by their parents. The girl died died last Friday in a hospital in Yemen's Hajja province. It is reported that the teen girl took part in traditional culture called swap marriage”, in which the brother of the bride also married the sister of the groom.
The medical report shows that the Yemeni bride died of internal bleeding from genital and anal area due to sexual activity. According to her mother she was raped by her husband which was a cause of her death. Elhan’s death is far from an isolated incident in Yemen
The death of Ilham Madhi al Assi from injuries caused by sexual activity is being the latest argument against the practice of the legality forcing young girls to get married in Yemen.