Washington, Oct 25: A 15-year-old Yemeni girl was burned to death by her father for ‘communicating with her fiance’.
According to Yemen’s Interior Ministry, the father, a 35-year-old man, was arrested in a village in Taiz Province.
The statement did not clarify when the girl was killed.
The case, which activists are calling an honor crime, is once again highlighting the plight of young girls in Yemen, where child marriages and honor killings still occur, CNN reports.
According to Human Rights Watch, more than half of all females in Yemen are married off before the age of 18.
Leading child rights advocate Ahmed Al-Qureshi confirmed his organization, Seyaj, had been asked to investigate the incident, the report added. (ANI)