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21-year-old in UAE ends life to avoid marrying 70-year-old man

April 12, 2021
The woman jumped from the fifth floor of her family's apartment building in a final attempt to escape a forced marriage to a 70-year-old suitor. — Representational photo
The woman jumped from the fifth floor of her family's apartment building in a final attempt to escape a forced marriage to a 70-year-old suitor. — Representational photo



SHARJAH, the United Arab Emirates — A 21-year-old Asian woman has died in a suspected suicide bid in Sharjah’s Muwailih area last week, Khaleed Times, reported on Monday.

The woman jumped from the fifth floor of her family's apartment building in a final attempt to escape a forced marriage to a 70-year-old suitor.

The woman reportedly ended her life after she learned that her family planned, against her wishes, to send her to her home country to marry the aged man, according to the report.

It was found out during investigations that the woman and her family had been in constant conflict over the issue, and although her family had insisted on the marriage, she had refused as she wanted to continue her education and had no interest in marrying an older man.

Upon their arrival to the scene, police found the woman dead on arrival with severe damage to her skull and internal bleeding in her lungs.

Further interrogation is being carried out. — SG


April 12, 2021
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