09.11.133:23 PM ET

Girl’s Wedding-Night Death Denied

After marriage to 40-year-old husband.

Reports circulated that an 8-year-old Yemeni girl died due to vaginal tearing on her wedding night with her 40-year-old husband, but Yemeni officials reject the allegations. Mosleh Al Azzani, the local director of criminal investigation, has classified the girl’s marriage and death as rumors. “I have the photos of the girl and will show it to anyone,” Azzani told Gulf News. Some children’s rights activists claim that death allegations such as these are mechanisms for publicity and international aid. One in three girls in Yemen is married before age 18, according to the U.N.