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Saudi’s 10-year-old bride

Saudi’s 10-year-old bride

The little girl ran away after she was married off to an 80-year-old man by her father.

August 26, 2009 1:37 by

A 10-year-old girl in Saudi was recently “returned” to her 80-year-old husband by her father after she ran away and hid in her aunt’s house, reports Arab News. According to reports, the husband, who denies he is 80, accused the aunt of interfering in his affairs. “My marriage is not against Shariah. It included the elements of acceptance and response by the father of the bride,” he said.

He said that he was originally engaged to his wife’s elder sister, but it broke off because she wanted to continue with her education. “In light of this, her father offered his younger daughter. I was allowed to have a look at her according to Shariah and found her acceptable,” he said.

How can a 10-year-old be allowed to marry an 80-year-old man? He’s old enough to be her grandfather.

Late last year, international media reported on a court ruling that denied to a motion to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man. The kingdom’s Human Rights Commission said at the time that they were trying to fight the problem of child marriages in the country.

It seems like a lot more needs to be done to save little girls from becoming wives.

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  1. bagybachi on August 27, 2009 10:55 am

    It is just sad. How can our noble religion be used for such unholy acts? I pray that the almighty protect this poor child from the trauma that has been imposed on her. Some faiths in the West also manipulate their holy books to justify pedophilia. This is a human problem, found in every culture and religion. I am just hurt that some would use the most holy concepts of the Shariah to justify such obvious acts of perversion and disrespect to the dignity of human beings, and the sacred innocence of youth.

  2. Naeem Badiuzzaman on August 27, 2009 12:13 pm

    My marriage is not against Shariah. It included the elements of acceptance and response by the father of the bride,” he said.

    The last time I checked, Shariah stated that you need the consent of the ‘person’.

    I hope society is not blind these things.Where are his family – his older sons and daughters? Where are his neighbours? I wish they publish this guys photos so that we get to know how he looks.

  3. rita on August 27, 2009 12:40 pm

    it is obvious that religion and sharyah are not enough to compensate for civil, commercial … laws. It is about time that the arab countries start to have laws that fill the gaps of religion and be regulated by laws that are adequate to the 21st century.


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