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Saudi teen, 70-year-old man divorce

Saudi teen, 70 year-old man divorce

By Ashley Fantz and Mohammed Jamjoom, CNN
updated 11:59 AM EST, Wed January 9, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A divorce has been granted for the man and the 15-year-old girl, human rights group says
  • Man says he paid a $20,000 dowry for her, but parents took her back
  • Rights group says the girl and man fought, and she ran away
  • The case outraged human rights activists this week

(CNN) -- A divorce has been granted in the case of a Saudi teenager who was wed to a 70-year-old man, Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission told CNN on Wednesday.

The man was the focus of outrage this week when he said his bride's family fooled him into paying a $20,000 dowry but then took their daughter back. The commission said the two fought and she ran away, back to her family.

Read more: 70-year-old man marries 15-year-old in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, no law stipulates a minimum age for marriage. There's been a push for that in recent years, but extremely conservative religious scholars have pushed back.

The man told CNN that he is 70, but the commission said they believe he is 86. The man also told CNN that he thought his bride to be was 25.

After learning of the marriage, the commission sent an investigator to the girl's home in Al-Hurath village in Jizan province, in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen.

Dr. Hadi Al-Yami, who runs the commission's branch that covers that area, told CNN that the group sent an investigator to a courthouse where the man had complained to a local official.

The commission then reached out to the girl's family, offering legal help, Al-Yami said.

On Wednesday, Dr. Bandar Alaiban, the commission's president, said a meeting had taken place with the parents, man and the girl.

"A divorce has taken place," Alaiban told CNN, "and the dispute has now been resolved amicably."

The marriage angered human rights groups and activists.

Dr. Suhaila Zein al-Abedin of the Saudi National Association for Human Rights -- also a government-backed group -- voiced concern not only about the age difference, but the circumstances of the marriage.

"When you consider the very large difference in age, it looks more like this was not a marriage, but like the girl was sold," al-Abedin said. "The girl's parents need to be held responsible for this."

Prominent Egyptian activist Mona Eltahawy tweeted, "It's only when there's enough public outrage that we can fight #childmarriage. We are not angry enough to help that 15 y/o & others like her."

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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM
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Like it was gonna last.  = )


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by Silver Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

wow...this is a "feel good" story...knowing that someone can still take action...

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

Like it was gonna last.  = )



annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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 divorce has been granted for the man and the 15-year-old girl, human rights group says - good!

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM
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I wonder if he gets his money back?

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by Silver Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:12 PM
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sick bastard better not

Quoting NWP:

I wonder if he gets his money back?


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM
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No way LOL

Quoting NWP:

I wonder if he gets his money back?


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Does not surprise me.

I would still like to know why her parents sold her and then supported her leaving him.

Meh, perhaps I am better off not knowing what goes on in the minds of some. Different country, different culture.  *shrug*

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I think he SHOULD get his money back...and she gets a new home elsewhere. Maybe a CHILDREN'S HOME?

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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Quoting FromAtoZ:

Does not surprise me.

I would still like to know why her parents sold her and then supported her leaving him.

Meh, perhaps I am better off not knowing what goes on in the minds of some. Different country, different culture.  *shrug*

Getting a dowry is not being 'sold'. The dowry is supposed to go to the woman getting married, not her parents, anyway.

glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM

He thought she was 25 which is still sick but to me it sounds like the parents ran a scam sickos

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