A Saudi court has ruled that the marriage 47-year-old man to an 8-year-old girl — upholding the controversial decision in December. Sheikh Habib Al-Habib rejected the mother’s effort to secure a divorce for her child.
Since the mother is separated from the girl’s father, the court ruled that she is not a legal guardian who can seek such a divorce. The father arranged the marriage to settle his debts and insists that the girl’s husband promised not to consummate the marriage under the girl reaches puberty. That could be as early as nine years old.
Recently, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia endorsed marriages of girls as young as 10.
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