The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2013

Yemen probes death of girl, 8, on the night she married a man in his 40s


SANAA (AFP) - Yemen is investigating the reported death of an eight-year-old girl from injuries suffered on the first night of her marriage to a man in his 40s, the government said on Friday.

The government has formed a committee "to verify the reports about the death of the girl, named Rawan, after being married to an older man", spokesman Rajeh Badi told AFP.

"The crime is not confirmed yet. The team's job is to verify whether this crime took place or not," he said, adding that the police had not reported such an incident.

He said that the commission should complete its investigation by Saturday.