Sunlight, they say, is the best disinfectant. That certainly seems to be the case with the latest child marriage scandal in Saudi Arabia. Agence France Presse reports that the teenager has divorced her 86-year-old (not 90-y/o) husband with help from the Saudi Human Rights Commission. The story again repeats calls for the establishment of a minimum legal age for marriage, either 16 or 18.
(AFP) A 15-year-old Saudi girl who was forced to marry an octogenarian has been granted a divorce after a local human rights group intervened, the watchdog said on Wednesday.
The Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) raised the case “after learning of the marriage of a minor girl to an 86-year-old man in Jizan” in southeast Saudi Arabia, the group’s head Bandar al-Ayban said in a statement.
Al-Hayat daily had reported that the teenager locked herself inside the bedroom on her wedding night before fleeing the man’s home and returning to her parents.
She had been married off to the man in exchange for a dowry worth around $17,300, the daily reported.
The SHRC had provided “legal assistance to the girl” so she could get a divorce, Ayban said.