The continued abuse of girls in arranged marriages in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries is a global scandal. This week, we have yet another glimpse into the nightmare faced by young girls. A girl known only as Shaikha drank a bottle of bleach in an attempted suicide to avoid an arranged marriage with a 75-year-old man.
Shaikha was brought by her father to the man when she was 13 years old and both men ignored her begging not to be forced into the marriage. It is unimaginable how a father could commit such a horrific act, but this is an all-too-common story coming out of this area, click here and here and here.
Notably, Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Al Obeikan, Shura Council member had denounced the marriage, but not on the basis that it was a 13-year-old girl and a 75-year-old man. Instead, he noted that Sharia law requires the consent of the girl.
For the full story, click here.
11 thoughts on “Sixteen-Year-Old Girl Drinks Bleach to Avoid Arranged Marriage with 75-Year-Old Man in Saudi Arabia”
Backwards people in backwards countries and going to do backwards shit. Fuck em if its so bad then leave. Home is not where u are born but where u make it.
Hey Jazz, you are against “forcing a child into marriage”? But if she’s a willing CHILD, then it’s ok? WTH is wrong with you people?! You people are taught from a very early age that having sex with a child is following in the footsteps of your swine- muhammad the pedophile & it’s the proper thing to do. Girls are not considered ready for sex as soon as they start puberty. Just because they start puberty @ 9-12yrs old, it means their bodies are PREPARING them for womenhood, WHICH TAKES YEARS! Not the moment they start puberty! Your teachings from muhammad (the swine)is not & was NEVER a prophet. The ONLY thing that asshole was….WAS A SICK BASTARD, CONTROL FREAK & P.E.D.O.P.H.I.L.E!
I think that there most certainly are things that can be done to address this treatment. I think that it is most certainly wrong to try to force a child to marry a man of significant maturity in comparison to her own. I believe that if you are going to be in a relationship then the maturity level of the two individuals should be matched. I am not against arranged marriage, but I am against this kind of behavior. Something must be done.
Here’s yet another example, this time with a 10-year-old:
And as sad as all this is, it may well be the least of our problems with the Saudis:
For anyone to suggest that nothing can be done to stop the mutilation and abuse of firls and women is frightening. To suggest that means we have given up on over half of the population in countries that practice this abuse. I, for one, can never agree that nothing can be done. We must do everything possible to convince these countries that it is in their best interest to treat all of their citizens humanely and equitably. The world has a stake in what happens to women and children in every country. I realize that there is a long way to go to prevent this kind of result, but if we don’t start now, it may never improve.
Women and girls remain property all over the world. I have a difficult time understanding this. Why any person would choose such an abusive and unequal status with another person is beyond me. How can anyone take delight in dominance over another, specifically dominance over a child? It speaks very badly of each person and each portion of a society that encourages or engages in such hateful mistreatment of others.
Yes we can Dundar. There was a time when even in the United States women were clearly second class citizens. If we can do it, I believe we can help someone else do it.
So why did you guys claim you could do something about the “travesties” taking place in Iraq?
The fact of the matter is there is nothing the world can do about these travesties.
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