An eight year old girl in Saudi Arabia has been denied a divorce from her 58 year old husband.
The girls mother filed for the divorce n of the daughter after her former husband gave the child away. Local campaigners identify the case of being part of a pattern where fathers using their children to take revenge on their ex-wives.
The Saudi court found that the mother did not have the right to file divorce papers because the marriage contract was signed by the father and the groom. The court said that the girl herself could file for divorce when she reached puberty.
Fortunately according to the Guardian, relatives said the marriage had not been consummated and that the girl was still living with her mother.