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8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 1st 2009, 03:02 AM

An 8-year-old Saudi girl has divorced her middle-aged husband after her father forced her to marry him last year in exchange for about $13,000, her lawyer said Thursday. Saudi Arabia has come under increasing criticism at home and abroad for permitting child marriages. The United States, a close ally of the conservative Muslim kingdom, has called child marriage a "clear and unacceptable" violation of human rights. The girl was allowed to divorce the 50-year-old man who she married in August after an out-of-court settlement had been reached in the case, said her lawyer, Abdulla al-Jeteli. The exact date of the divorce was not immediately known. A court in the central Oneiza region previously rejected a request by the girl's mother for a divorce and ruled that the girl would have to wait until she reached puberty to file a petition then. There are no laws in Saudi Arabia defining the minimum age for marriage. Though a woman's consent is legally required, some marriage officials don't seek it. But there has been a push by Saudi human rights groups to define the age of marriage and put an end to the phenomenon. One Saudi human rights activist Sohaila Zain al-Abdeen was optimistic that the girl's divorce would help efforts to get a law passed enforcing a minimum marriage age of 18. "Unfortunately, some fathers trade their daughters," she told The Associated Press. "They are weak people who are sometimes in need of money and forget their roles as parents." It was not clear if the man received money for the divorce settlement. The man had given the girl's father 50,000 riyals, or about $13,350, as a marriage gift in return for his daughter, the lawyer said. The 8-year-old girl's marriage was not the only one in the kingdom to receive attention in recent months. Saudi newspapers have highlighted several cases in which young girls were married off to much older men or young boys including a 15-year-old girl whose father, a death-row inmate, married her off to a cell mate. Saudi Arabia's conservative Muslim clergy have opposed the drive to end child marriages. In January, the kingdom's most senior cleric said it was permissible for 10-year-old girls to marry and those who believe they are too young are doing the girls an injustice. But some in the government appear to support the movement to set a minimum age for marriage. The kingdom's new justice minister was quoted in mid-April as saying the government was doing a study on underage marriage that would include regulations. There are no statistics to show how many marriages involving children are performed in Saudi Arabia every year. Activists say the girls are given away in return for hefty marriage gifts or as a result of long-standing custom in which a father promises his infant daughters and sons to cousins out of a belief that marriage will protect them from illicit relationships.
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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 1st 2009, 03:08 AM

You also have to consider it's their culture, and some of them don't know any better. Which is really sad.

I really feel sorry for this girl, and everyone affected by young marriages like this.

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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 1st 2009, 03:24 AM

Poor girl. How could they let her get married before puberty, but not get a divorce?

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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 1st 2009, 08:12 PM

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No he is not, he is a perfect representation of his culture. I'm pretty sure your views are just as vile & disturbing to them.

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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 1st 2009, 11:05 PM

It is their culture, I must agree. But, I do think we live in a day in age where these types of things need to be addressed all over the world and shown why it is an outdated practice that holds no value. In the past, it could be seen that these men could offer these girls protection and a much better life than they could have on their own. That was the times, and it has changed. Women have shown that we are quite capable of doing things on our own, and therefore I think the practice does need to be disbanded. But, I don't necessarily blame them, as they're not as educated as the Western world on these types of matters (and to clarify before I get bitch-slapped by everyone here I am not saying Saudi's are not intelligent people, but there are certain matters they are uneducated on- like how we, too, are uneducated on some things compared to other countries)

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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 1st 2009, 11:36 PM

Good for her. At least she doesn't want to be with the guy.

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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 2nd 2009, 12:00 AM

It is their culture, however, we need to reach out to these young victims. Let's face it: every human being deserves basic human rights, no matter what culture they are from. I wish the Saudi gov't and some of its people understood that.

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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 2nd 2009, 12:31 AM

i have to say thats really...not good...a child can marry but not get a devorce...thank goodness she eventually got one...i feel so sorry 4 the poor girl

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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 2nd 2009, 04:36 AM

I feel absolutely horrible for the girl. I'm glad that she is now divorced, however.

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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 2nd 2009, 06:23 PM

The poor girl. Child marriages are totally screwed up. She is so brave especially to have the guts to divorce the guy. To be honest, I don't care what her culture is, marrying her to that guy is a violation of human rights.
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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 2nd 2009, 06:49 PM

The poor child. When I was eight, I was listening to brittney spears and conquering my fears of the jungle gym. That poor kid probably didn't even have time to just be a kid, and that's the saddest thing. And who's to say she won't be forced into another ugly marrige when she's 13-14?
I don't think the man is sick, it's just their culture and they have never known anything different. It is very sad, though.
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Re: 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband - May 2nd 2009, 10:45 PM

I try not to be ethnocentric about those things, but it really just disturbs me and I really can't condone those types of marraiges. It's just wrong

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