Strong Opposition to Reforms in Yemeni's Child Bride Laws

Beyond the Veil| Efforts to dismantle Yemeni’s child bride laws have stepped up after the recent dealth of 13-year-old Elham Assi, who reportedly bled to death last week after being tied down and forced to have sex with her 23-year-old husband.

Denying that there’s a problem with child bride marriage in Yemen, Sheik Mohammed Hamzi, an official of the Islamist Yemeni opposition party Islaah and the imam of the Al-Rahman mosque in the Yemeni capital of Sana, is among those who staunchly opposed to the proposed bill that would limit marriage age to at least  17 years.

Hazmi said the groups that are campaigning for the law were harmful to the country, trying to promote a “Western agenda” in Yemen.

“It’s all a Western agenda they are following,” he said. “They get paid from the West to make us to believe in Western culture. This is very bad because our culture is different here.”

“No one wants to marry these women’s-rights activists anyway,” he said. “They’re just depressed that they are not married and jealous.” via LATimes