A 50-year old Saudi man has agreed to divorce his 9-year-old bride after the marriage drew international criticism.
The child’s mother, who opposed the marriage which took place when the girl was aged just 8, took the case to court last year.
The court in the small town of Onaiza upheld the marriage on condition that the husband did not consummate it until the girl reached puberty.
However, there has been criticism from the United Nations and an international media frenzy about Saudi Arabia’s human rights practices.
Wajeha Al-Huaider, founder of the Group for Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia, said: “This is a good step and I think the man did it because he was in a lot of pressure from everyone.”
Ms Al-Huaider, who campaigned for the child, said she hopes the pressure generated by the case will eventually lead to a law banning child marriages.
In Saudi Arabia’s patriarchal society, which applies an austere version of Sunni Islam, fathers have the right to decide whom their daughters marry.
Many clerics in Saudi Arabia, including the Kingdom’s chief cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh, endorse the practice of young girls marrying.
B.S. Report– … “Many clerics endorse the practice of young girls marrying.” As if the young girls have any say whatsoever in their marriage. They’re being given away–or sold, to some middle-aged molester.
And what are the chances that the guy is actually going to wait for his child-bride to reach puberty before “they” (he) decides to “consummate” (i.e. before he attacks) his living piece of property?
Saudi Arabian Man 50, Forced To Divorce His 9-Year-Old Bride4.55SEEKER Wednesday, 8 November 2017A 50-year old Saudi man has agreed to divorce his 9-year-old bride after the marriage drew international criticism. The child’s mother, w...