Saudi girl, 15, barricades herself in bedroom after being married to 90-year-old groom for huge dowry
On the subject of Arab men buying young girls from their parents - it still goes on - at least these days some Saudi's think it is wrong. From the Daily Mail and Al Arabia
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.
In an interview, the groom insisted that his marriage was “legal and correct,” and that he paid a $17,500 (SAR 65,000) dowry to marry the girl, who is the daughter of a Yemeni father and Saudi mother
Marriage or rape? 90-year-old Saudi weds 15-year-old girl . . . activists criticized the parents of the girl for giving her to a man decades older than her.
The member of the Saudi National Association for Human Rights (NSHR), Suhaila Zein al-Abedin, urged authorities to intervene “as soon as possible to save this child from tragedy.” . . . Abedin urged the establishment of a minimum age of 18 for marrying girls, saying this would pave the way for punishing violators,
Posted on 01/07/2013 5:18 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax