10-Year-Old Saudi Child Bride Forced to Return to 80-Year-Old Husband
After hiding at her aunt’s home for 10 days, a 10-year-old Saudi Arabian child bride was forced by her father to return to her 80-year-old husband on Sunday.
The husband, who denies being 80 in spite of family claims, has accused the aunt of meddling in his affairs. He had been engaged to the young girl’s older sister. After the sister broke off the engagement to continue her education, her father offered the younger daughter.
According to the man, he has not broken Shariah laws. “I was allowed to have a look at her according to Shariah and found her acceptable,” he said.
Although the National Society for Human Rights has been trying to fight the problem of child marriages in the country, there is no system in place to stop the practice, which results in adverse psychological, health and social effects.