Yemen Considers New Child Bride Law

Beyond the Veil| Activist Nujood Mohammed Ali, whose marriage at eight-years to a 30-year-old man was annulled after she demanded a divorce by walking into civic offices in Yemen and filling out the paperwork, was among the thousands of women rallying in Yemen yesterday for a law banning child marriage.

A law now moving through the Yemeni government proposes a minimum age of 17 years for females to marry and 18 for males. Currently, more than a quarter of Yemeni girls marry before age 15.

On Monday a group of Islamic clerics issued a decree condemning the law, and said its supporters were apostates. No fatwas against or punishment for the women was officially demanded but being an ‘apostate’ is a serious crime according to fundamentalist sharia law. via BBC News