Saudi Preteen Seeks Divorce From 80-Year-old Husband
Human Rights Commission backing girl
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2010 4:35 AM CST
A Saudi couple buy a wedding dress at a shop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A 12-year-old Saudi girl is seeking a divorce from her 80-year-old husband with the help of the state-run Human Rights Commission. The preteen was married last year to her elderly cousin against her and her mother's wishes in exchange for a $30,000 dowry. It's the first time the Saudi commission has publicly intervened in such a case, and it may signal the beginning of the end for child marriage in the nation. No minimum age currently exists for marriage.

Last year a judge refused to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a man in his 40s. Some Islamic clerics cite the Prophet Muhammad's marriage to a 9-year-old girl 14 centuries ago as justification for child marriage today. A ruling in the case is expected within days.

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Feb 10, 2010 4:12 AM CST
Retarded comment of the year.
Feb 9, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Which culture is that, realman? Hugh Hefner culture? (The old guy will be with some other 'young thing' by the time he hits 90, ya know.)
Feb 9, 2010 12:25 PM CST
That's hillarious phil. Unfortunately the story is a sad one. I ask, why are our troops scarifcing their lives for this culture?