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Man, 70, Marries 15-Year-Old In Saudi Arabia [Video]

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Human right advocates say 70-year-old man has married a 15-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, where there is no law that stipulates a minimum age for marriage.

According to CNN, the teenage girl’s parents sold her to the man for the equivalent of $20,000. The marriage came to light when the man complained to a local official after his young bride left him and returned to her parents. The man claimed the girl’s family had taken her back and he’d been ripped off.

“She is not 15 as everybody claims,” the man, who refused to give his name, told CNN. “She’s 25 years old and she’s mature enough to make her own decisions… I was fooled by the girl’s family.”

Per CNN’s report, the man’s account is being countered by human rights workers who believe there was a fight between the teen and the man, and she ran back to her family.

In light of the incident, Dr. Hadi Al-Yami, the head of the Asir branch of the Human Rights Commission, a Saudi government supported organization, says his group is planning to offer the girl as much help as she’s able to receive, particularly legal help in case the courts require her to formally dispute the marriage.

The girl, whose mother is Saudi and father is believed to be Yemeni, is from Al-Hurath village in Jizan province, in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen.

Readers: Regardless of what laws in Saudi Arabia state, do you believe child marriage is a violation of human rights?

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14 Responses to “Man, 70, Marries 15-Year-Old In Saudi Arabia [Video]”

  1. M Marie McVey

    Women are not chattel. Of course it violated her human rights. Do you REALLY think she ~chose~ to marry someone the age of her great-grandfather? If so, then why did she leave?

  2. Martha Beltz

    first the parents should be bitch slapped, then the 70 yr old pervert, pedophile should be strung up! parents should not have children to make profit!

  3. Michael A. Campbell

    I encourage everyone to watch a short film called "A walk to Beautiful". It is the story of women in Ethiopia, who were forced into marriage at a young age, even as young as 10. Because of their young age, plus malnutrition their vaginal structures are not strong enough to support child birth. Causing the babies to die in the wombs and even causing obstetric fistulas(tear in the vaginal structure). An obstetric fistula can result in a tear in the bladder or rectum causing urine, feces, or even both to seep into the uterus and come out of the vagina. The Stench is so intolerable that many of them are kicked out of their homes. There is a special clinic that treats these problems for free, but it is only in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital. Which means many of the woman have to travel a long way to get their and taking a cramped bus from a rural village can be embarrassing because of the stench of excrement leaking out of their vaginas. The many issue here is child marriage. Malnutrition is a part of it too but if a women is older when she give birth the damage is less severe and less likely to be permanent. One woman in the video gave birth at 10, and so because she was so young her bladder was not fully developed so even after it was repaired she could not hold her urine so she had to get a urethra plug. Here is a link to the video:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/a-walk-to-beautiful.html

  4. Devyonne Santos Caballero

    Yes..it wrong!! Morally wrong!! Protect your kids .. anywhere in the world people. Sell yourself before you sell your kid..I'm just saying!!

  5. Remidi Makhani Shona

    thank you for sharing. i plan to watch this over weekend.

  6. Arturo A. Ramirez

    Yep, once the definition of marriage is completely discarded in this country we can expect the same behavior here soon.

    And is not "under the curtain of religion", is under the curtain of THAT religion.

  7. Nabil Mustafa

    Just another "sick" example of how females are treated in our world! This young lady is considered as an "asset" that can be sold to the highest bidder! Sick…absolutely sick. This family should be investigated and any other female members should be protected from the parents. Laws must be changed and Human Rights and any other organizations must protect the children from these acts by adults in all societies! This man of 70 should receive the harshest punishment possible! As well as identified and disgraced for his actions.
    What a disgrace!

  8. Anonymous

    in Mexico the legal , age of consent to sex with any grown up is 10, in america it is 14, it is legal with a parents permission for a 120 old to marry a 14 year old in America, that is our law, so we cannot put down others with similat laws.

  9. Anonymous

    he is not a pedophile if it is legal in his country, in America in many states any 14 year old is legal to have sex with any one as long as they consent, in mexico it is 10yo even before puberty.
    A 14 year old can marry a 70 year old in America legally with parental or guardian consent, and in many state a homosexual man can marry a 14 year old boy. So we are not much better.