They were friends and seeking to find a simple way of avoiding the cost of getting married. One night over drinks they came up with the perfect solution to their problem–why not each marry the other man’s sister, in that way, each family avoided the cost of paying for a wedding. Of course, there were minor problems such as one girl was only thirteen, but what the heck when you are in love with saving money what is a thirteen year old in the scheme of life. Unfortunately, the thirteen year old girl died of injuries to her genitals four days after she was married according to the wishes of her family. The Yemen parliament had been discussing the possibility of a law making marriages for girls under 17 illegal, but religious leaders regarded such legislation as contrary to the Muslim religion.
Authorities detained the husband, but there is probably no possibility he will be charged with anything other than littering the sidewalk. After all, this is Yemen, home to devout leaders of the Muslim religion who believe God is His infinite wisdom decreed that men should rule over women and, in return, women could serve as their obedient side kicks.