Thousands of Yemeni women demonstrate to allow young girls to marry
The issue of child brides came to a head in Yemen last year, where a quarter of the women marry before they reach 15. Legislation was proposed to ban the marriage of girls and boys under the ages of 17 and 18 respectively.
According to a report on IslamTribune.com thousands of Yemeni women--their faces covered in veils-- demonstrated their opposition to the proposed ban. The women held banners saying, “don’t ban what Allah made permissible” and “stop violating Islamic sharia law in the name of rights and freedoms.”
“We consider those who call for limiting marriage age by law as enemies of Allah, his prophet and us,” said one of the women protesters.
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