3. The state of Yemen
It should also be informed that this is not the first time that the news of such a small infant marrying a person of mid-age has surfaced. As per the data given by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in the span from 2011 to 2020, more than 140 million juvenile girls will be married to someone far elder than them, and among these, about 50 million will be under the age of 15. This is a disturbing fact that asks for reforms and strictness in the laws and regulations.
4. Revolt for a change
Many NGOs have been pushing the lawmakers to set the legal age of marriage for girls to be 18, but Yemen lawmakers don’t seem to be considerate on these requests. As a matter of fact, even when they had set the legal age of marriage to be 18 back in 2009, many conservative lawmakers opposed the rule and took it down, calling this act to be un-Islamic. One big problem with this thing is people start using the name of religion to impose laws that they feel right, which is a heinous act itself. And if someone tries to go against it, they start using means of violence, again in the name of religion!