Posted by Dewan Gibson | Filed under News
The parents of a 15-year-old girl in the Kingdom of our fierce ally Saudi Arabia gave their daughter’s hand in marriage to a swagged-out 90-year-old man in exchange for a dowry of $17,500. My guess is that they felt he’d die any second and they could pocket the money and possibly an inheritance with minimal damage to their daughter. Hey, parenting’s expensive. But the daughter said hell no and locked herself in a room during what was supposed to be her first night with the strange old man. Now, there’s an uproar among human rights organizations in Saudi Arabia, which would have been highly unlikely just a few years ago. Progress. From Al Arabiya:
“The recent marriage of a 90-year-old Saudi man to a 15-year-old girl has sparked condemnation from human rights and social media activists in the kingdom…
The 90-year-old told the story of his first night with the bride. He said she entered the bedroom before him, and she locked the door from inside so he could not enter. This, he said, made him ‘suspicious about some kind of conspiracy’ by the girl and her mother.
He vowed to sue his in-laws to give him back the girl or return him the expensive dowry. Close friends of the bride’s family said she was frightened on the wedding night, and locked herself in the room for two successive days before fleeing back to her parents’ home.
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.’”
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