Man, 70, Divorces 15-Year Old After Human Rights Backlash

By: Amanda Crum - January 10, 2013

A 70-year old Saudi man who married a 15-year old has swiftly divorced her after Human Rights officials stepped in on the girl’s behalf.

The man claimed the girl had been given up by her parents in exchange for $20,000 but then ran away; investigators believe the two had a dispute and she went back to her parents’ home out of fear. The man claimed he was rightfully owed the girl, and that she was presented to him as a 25-year old. He married her earlier this week, much to the outrage of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission.

“When you consider the very large difference in age, it looks more like this was not a marriage, but like the girl was sold,” Dr. Suhaila Zein al-Abedin said. “The girl’s parents need to be held responsible for this.”

The Human Rights Commission offered the girl legal help should she desire to seek a divorce, and as of Wednesday the divorce was granted.

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  • Ben

    It did happen “after” the Human Rights backlash, but not BECAUSE of the Human Rights backlash. Stop sensationalizing crap like this and it won’t sound like the big deal that it wasn’t. It was the parent’s fault not the old man.

  • http://Webpronews/Life Hot Child

    Females have the right to choose who they want to marry. The parents along with the 70 year old should be prosecuted for human trafficking. The guilty parties should be forced to pay restitution, fines and legal fees.

  • clim

    I work with the department of children services, and according to the UNCRC, that was a violation of the Child’ right since 15yrs i considered a child,as such, the parents are to be held responsible for the offense which constitutes others like; Denied Rights, Neglect e.t.c