We read, write and shed tears over the plight of sexually abused girls & boys. They suffer at the hands of not only authority figures like elders, priests, teachers, but also relatives and of course, strangers.
But, reading the following story is even, if possible, more chilling. State sponsored child abuse! In normal civil societies the government offers at the least punishment, after the fact, but in Yemen and others -- they cannot even complain about it.
I have such immense admiration for the brave heart this little girl has...to risk so much to stop this abuse.
It also sickens me that her ex-husband got NO punishment whatsoever...instead he was rewarded with "compensation."
Shit. Tell me again how much Jah, Zeus or the Flying Spaghetti Monster -- loves us ???
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Court terminates 8-year-old girl's marriage
Tue Apr 15, 1:21 PM ET
A Yemeni court ordered the marriage of an eight-year-old girl terminated on Tuesday because she had not reached puberty.
The court also ordered the child's family to pay about $250 in compensation to the 30-year-old ex-husband.
The girl's lawyer and human rights activist Shatha Nasser said the minor had filed a suit in April asking for divorce and told the court that her husband had been physically abusing her and forcing her to have "sex with him after hitting her."
One of the people attending the trial volunteered to pay the compensation, the lawyer said, but did not explain the reason why the court ordered the compensation.
The ruling terminated the marriage instead of granting a divorce to prevent the husband from seeking to reinstate the marriage, according to the lawyer.
Many minor girls in Arab countries that observe tribal traditions are married to older husbands but not before puberty. Such marriages are also driven by poverty in countries like Yemen, one of the poorest countries outside Africa.
(Reporting by Mohamed Sudam; writing by Inal Ersan)
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