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Saudi child bride drops fight to divorce 80-year-old
Girl, 12, unexpectedly gives up petition to split with man her father forced her to marry in exchange for a dowry.
February 2, 2010 10:43 by kippreport
A 12-year-old Saudi girl has given up her fight to divorce an 80-year-old man her father forced her to marry in exchange for a dowry, according to Saudi media quoted by AFP.
Despite support from human rights lawyers and child welfare advocates, the girl and her mother, who originally sought the divorce, unexpectedly withdrew the case Monday. The girl told a court that her marriage to the man was done with her agreement, according to Okaz newspaper.
The case caused an uproar after Al-Riyadh newspaper reported that it had been consummated. The girl pleaded with a journalist from the newspaper to “save me”.