A Saudi judge recently refused to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man -- a union apparently arranged by the girl's father to settle his debts -- a lawyer in the case told CNN.
The judge did ask for a pledge from the husband, who was in court, not to consummate the marriage until the girl reaches puberty, according to al-Jutaili.
How big of him to wait for puberty. What if she hits puberty at 12? Who is going to make sure this predator doesn't try something before then? Maybe he already has.
The judge ruled that when the girl reaches puberty, she will have the right to request a divorce by filing a petition with the court, the lawyer said.
Ok, this child can get married - legally - but can't legally file for divorce because she's too young? That's the most southern fried lame brained thing I've ever heard.
I work with a nurse who lived in Saudi while her husband was a contractor. She says that women there don't even rate above dogs. They're not allowed to drive, be seen walking in front of a man, be seen in public without a male escort, etc. This girl should be running around with friends, going to school, etc. NOT making sure her husband is satisfied. The poor, poor girl. Shame on her father for essentially selling her.