A 12-year-old Yemeni child bride died after struggling to give birth for three days, a local human rights organisation said.
Fawziya Abdullah Youssef died of severe bleeding on Friday while giving birth to a stillborn in the al-Zahra district hospital of Hodeida province, 140 miles west of the capital Sanaa.
Child marriages are widespread in Yemen… More than a quarter of the country’s females marry before age 15, according to a recent report by the Social Affairs Ministry.
[…]Youssef was only 11 when her father married her to a 24-year-old man who works as a farmer in Saudi Arabia, said Ahmed al-Quraishi, chairman of Siyaj human rights organization.
David Wood of Answering Muslims writes:
When a girl hasn’t gone through puberty, her hips often haven’t widened for giving birth. Such girls can easily die in labor, along with their babies. This is why girls who haven’t completed puberty shouldn’t be having sex. Unfortunately, Muslims are commanded to follow the example of Muhammad, who had sex with the prepubescent Aisha when she was only nine years old. The Qur’an also allows men to have sex with prepubescent girls (see Surah 65:4 and Muslim commentaries on the verse).
Notice that the reporter attributes the problem to “cultural” practices rather than to Muhammad.
I think that women should have a safe childhood, and the right to marry a man they are in love with.