Saturday, March 27, 2010

Yemen: Child Bride Law

From BBC News:
Hundreds of women have rallied outside Yemen's parliament to show support for a law banning child marriages.

The law being proposed would set a minimum age for girls to be married at 17 and 18 for boys.

But some conservative Muslims are against the law being passed. The rally comes days after thousands of women protested against it. The government proposed the law after the marriage of an eight-year-old girl to a 30-year-old man was annulled.

Campaigners say young married girls having children is a factor in high maternal mortality rates.

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