Friday, May 1, 2009

Court grants divorce to 8-yr-old Saudi girl

from The Times of India
1 May 2009

An 8-year-old Saudi Arabian girl was granted a divorce by a Saudi court after the case increased international and local criticism of child marriage in the oil-rich kingdom.

The marriage of the girl to a man in his 50s was dissolved on Wednesday. The girl’s mother had been seeking a divorce for her daughter but a Saudi judge had twice rejected the mother’s request. The girl’s lawyer says he reached an out-of-court settlement with the man allowing the girl to divorce him.

The child’s former husband arranged the marriage with the girl’s father by agreeing to forgive his $8,000 debt. The Saudi Shoura Council, an advisory body that makes recommendations to the king, is considering drafting of a law to make 18 the minimum age for marriage in the kingdom, says al-Riyadh newspaper.
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