and do not have the option of cesarian sections. marriage at 12, before menses! and pregnancy right away, too. sounds pretty bad, but you know, this probably happens a lot in inner-city america, too.
i guarantee we can soon expect a story about this happening to large numbers of very young women in india as well. after all, this is the nytimes. they will say it is because of caste and dowry. if it is happening among mohammedans because they marry very young, the nytimes will not point that the religion factor, but will insist that it has to do with 'caste'. here in nigeria's case, it is mostly a mohammedan country, especially up north.