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Sally’s little brother held some of the many television mics in the packed, sweltering courthouse Saturday. Activists and journalists crowded around the table where a judge questioned her and her husband, *. After four months of begging her husband and petitioning human rights groups, Sally was finally getting her divorce.

Anti-child-bride activists looked jubilant when the judge pronounced the couple divorced, But *, Sally’s lawyer later said the only reason that the divorce went through, was because the M had requested it. Sally was beaten and raped as a 10-year-old bride, but her December 2009 petition for divorce had failed. * says this divorce is a win for a growing movement in Yemen, to end the practice of early marriage. A law that would make 17 the minimum age for marriage in Yemen has been languishing in parliamentary committees for over a year now, and it is expected to be voted on again in the coming weeks.

Yemen’s president, * and his ruling party support the law, there is a considerable amount of international pressure for it to get it passed. Even though it won a majority of votes in parliament last year, it still faces powerful opposition from leading sheiks, who call the measure un-Islamic, and a bow to Western culture imperialism.
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