A Saudi court is to review the controversial marriage of an 80-year-old man to a 12-year-old girl, who claims she was forced into wedlock, amid growing outrage over the continued practice of child marriage, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Wednesday.
The elderly man paid the girl’s father a dowry of 85,000 riyals ($22,649) for her hand in marriage, but the mother is contesting the union and has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC).
...The Saudi government has pledged to set a minimum age for marrying, but as yet no restrictions have come into force.
In a case that stirred an international outcry in late 2008, an eight-year-old Saudi girl was sold into marriage with a man in his 50s by her father in exchange for dowry money... The girl's mother challenged the marriage in court but it was upheld twice by a judge until the parties eventually agreed to a divorce in an out-of-court settlement.
Islamic sharia law, the foundation of the Saudi justice system, has no prohibition on child marriage.
Reminds me of West Virginia.