Saudi girl, 15, barricades herself in bedroom after being married to groom, 90, for huge dowry

A 90-year-old Saudi Arabian man is suing the family of his 15-year-old child-bride after she shut herself in her bedroom on their wedding night.

The terrified teen locked the door from the inside so that her new husband could not enter on their first night as a married couple, and two days later she fled back to her parents’ home.

Now her elderly husband wants his money back as he claims he paid the parents £10,767 ($17,500) for the teenager so they could wed.
Against her will: The 15-year-old Saudi girl locked herself in her bedroom on the night of her wedding to a 90-year-old manAgainst her will: The 15-year-old Saudi girl locked herself in her bedroom on the night of her wedding to a 90-year-old man

The 90-year-old said he paid the dowry to the young girl’s Saudi mother and Yemeni father, making the marriage ‘legal and correct’, Al Arabiya reported.

The 15-year-old’s arranged marriage sparked outrage and widespread condemnation in Saudi Arabia where activists took to Twitter calling it child trafficking and prostitution.

A Mouhammad Khaled Alnuzha posted on his account: ‘Is this a case of human trafficking crimes punishable by law?’

Too young: Child marriage is common in sub-Saharan Africa and south-east AsiaToo young: Child marriage is common in sub-Saharan Africa and south-east Asia

Another Tweeted: ‘She is still considered as a product! A father sells his daughter without mercy, to be bought by money and status and power; all of it for the sake of fulfilling a desire.’

A member of the Saudi National Association for Human Rights (NSHR), Suhaila Zein el-Abedin urged authorities to ‘save this child from tragedy,’ adding that marriage in Islam must be based on mutual consent.

She also blamed the girls parents for accepting the dowry and marrying off their daughter to a man 75 years older than her, underlining the importance of establishing a minimum age of 18 for marriage in Saudi Arabia.

A CONTROVERSIAL TRADITION AFFECTING THOUSANDS

Child marriage have both male and female victims, however the number of female victims is disproportionate to male as it is tradition in countries which practice child marriage that young girls are married off to older men.

Marriage of young girls is most common in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In Niger, 77 per cent of 20- to 24-year-old women were married before the age of 18. In Bangladesh, this rate was 65 per cent.

UNICEF global figures from 2009 show that 36 per cent of women aged 20–24 were married or in union before they reached 18 and the latest numbers estimates 51 million of girls under 18 are married world-wide.

In the UK an estimated 1,000 out of 8,000 forced marriages every year involve a person under the age of 15.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 states that marriage ‘shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending parties.’

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  1. SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA Reply

    Marriage is a relationship that must accepted by the both intending parties, that both the male and the female, in Islamic system. During the life time of the Prophet of Islam, peace and mercy of Allah be upon him dissolved about two to three marriages that the females complained about their discontentment with the marriage because their parents either forced or lured them into it. Islam has never and will never be in support of compulsory marriage, because is not a culture of the Arabs, Asians or Africans; rather it is a complete way of life designed by Allah and taught by his Messenger, Prophet Muhammad, peace and mercy of Allah be upon him. However, child marriage is not an issue, because definition of age could be based on nutrition, maturity status, number of years, regional or traditional. However, all of these definition is based on the sincerity of purpose. For instance, in some nations, girls grow faster because of having access to good and nutritious foods on daily basis year-in, year-out. Because of this nutritional advantage and total positive state of mind, they became fully matured at a tender age, which makes them readily available for marriage. In UK, many girls that are between the ages of 8 to 13 had given birth to bouncy and healthy children without any problem. Google the youngest mothers in the world, wonders shall never end. This indicates that it is not age that determines when a girl should be married to the person she loves, but her state of maturity, her readiness, calmness and level of faith, her parents readiness and consent and how her faith directs. As for Islam, age is not an issue, but the already listed factors can be key determinant factors that could make parents advise their daughter into marriage early or lately. After all early marriage is commonly practiced in the whole world. This is because the desire of a female is higher than that of a male. A part from females grow faster than males. In developed nations, most females that are single mother are so much, one would think there are more single mothers than mothers that are legally married. Leaving with partners is not a new thing in the so called developed countries. This is because of the glaring fact that women cannot live without a man by their side the moment they are fully ripe.In the African nation, most girls that are school drop outs is because of unplanned pregnancy. Available records and literature have proven that beyond any doubt. By and large, parents should fear Allah on the way they are treating and handling the affairs of their children, because they be judged by Allah on how they treated their wards on the day of judgement. One would wonder, how can a man of 90 years old satisfy sexually a girl of 15 years that need a young blood that should not be more than 25-40 years. May God almighty give the Muslims the ability to follow the Shariah and not their wills and whims. Amin .

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