Saudi Arabia: Child Bride Turned Over to 80-Year-Old Husband

From ANSAmed:
A 10-year-old bride was returned last Sunday to her 80-year-old husband by her father who discovered her at the home of her aunt with whom she has been hiding for around 10 days. A Saudi local newspaper said the husband, who denies he is 80 in spite of claims by the girl's family, accused the aunt of meddling 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 added that he had been engaged to his wifés elder sister and that this broke off as 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.

Maatouq Al-Abdullah, a member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), said there is no system in place regulating the marriage of young girls, something that he said results in adverse psychological, health and social effects. "Such marriages are considered a gross violation of charters on the rights of children, which the Kingdom has signed and which set the age of adulthood at 18," he added.

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Anonymous said...

My stomach turns when I read this, and her father who is giving her a way. The reason why she ran away says enought. But that monster of a father has not feeling for her.He doesn't want to protect his own little daughter. It is for those men sow difficult to understand that she is to young. I hope the men and her father will die by Allahs hand. They cannot hide after the Koran or Mohammed, they have to use what even what is left in them what is good and not do this. Why could not do any politician or any goverment say out loud that this is wrong. A soul, a life is more worth then a barrel of oil or money. Sometimes you have to come out for you believes for you rules and say. No, this no more, this is the border. I think about this your child and all the other childeren and women in the world how a suppressed in sharia, in poverty, in slavery and I pray that there lifes inprove. Every body had a right to life happy, protect by predators like these.

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