Young Yemeni girls preparing for marriage to wealthy Arabs. Under the new amendments, children younger than 17 years not allowed to marry unless it is deemed by a judge to be in their best interests.
Although Yemen's parliament has agreed to set the minimum age for marriage at 17, there are concerns the decision may be rescinded as some members of parliament (MPs) say the amendments violate Sharia (Islamic) law.
On 11 February, most MPs agreed on amending some articles in the law regarding women and child rights.
However, Horiah Mashour, deputy head of the National Women's Committee (NWC), a government body, said there was still some resistance to the amendments by a minority of extremist MPs."They want to bring the amendments into discussion again. They say there is no marriage age set by Sharia," she told IRIN.
One MP, Abdulbari Dughaish, told IRIN that some MPs sought to re-open discussions on the new amendments.
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