“According to human rights lawyers, there are many cases of this kind before the Saudi courts.”
“Saudi Arabia: Mother moves to block child marriage,” from Adnkronos International, August 11:
Riyadh, 11 August (AKI) – The Saudi Arabian mother of an eight-year-old girl is trying to stop her marrying a middle-aged man who made a marriage contract with the girl’s father in the province of al-Qasim, in the centre of the country.
The father’s consent is needed to validate the marriage contract between the man, who is in his fifties and the child. He reportedly agreed to the union in exchange for an undisclosed sum of money.
According to the Saudi newspaper, Okaz, the news emerged after the mother of the child reported her husband and took him to court to prevent the marriage from going ahead.
Referring to another case where a man in his seventies was charged for marrying a ten-year-old girl in the area of Asir, south of Mecca, the woman also sought the help of local human rights groups.
The mother of the girl said her husband has two other wives, and considering the age of the child, asked for the contract to be withdrawn to allow her to have a normal childhood.
More normal than Aisha’s childhood.
According to human rights lawyers, there are many cases of this kind before the Saudi courts.