A Yemeni father has burned his
15-year-old daughter to death for keeping in touch with her
fiance, police said, sparking further outrage in Yemen
, where an
eight-year girl died from internal bleeding on her wedding night
a month ago.
Police said a 35-year-old man had been arrested after the
teenager's death in a remote village in the central Taiz
"The father committed this heinous crime on the pretext that
his daughter had been keeping contacts with her fiance," the
police website said on Tuesday, giving no further details.
Some local news websites reported that the father had caught
the girl chatting by telephone with her fiance.
Traditional tribal customs in parts of Yemen prohibit
contacts between men and women before marriage. Poverty and
concern about "family honour" prompts many Yemenis to marry off
their daughters young, often below the age of 18, a practice
that has been criticised by international rights groups.
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