Yemeni held for forcing 8-year-old to marry

Yemen’s police arrested a local man after he forced his eight-year-old daughter to marry a 30-year-old man because of his wealth.

Newspapers said Afnan Al Shibani’s relatives, who were strongly opposed to the marriage, reported him to the police after they failed to dissuade him.

Police raided Al Shibani’s house in the southern town of Ibb and arrested him a few days before the wedding on Thursday. Police then handed the girl to her uncle.

Newspapers said the girl is just below eight years of age and is in the second class in the primary school in the province.