Monday, 7 January 2013
Saudi girl, 15, barricades herself in bedroom after being married to 90-year-old groom 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.
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
8 Jan 2013
That dowry is a reasonable figure to show the difference between the wealthy West and the equally wealthy Saudi Arabia. I valued my daughter at a similar amount, it is about the amount I spent for her first car when she turned sixteen.