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Eight-Year-Old Saudi Cannot Divorce Her 58-Year-Old Husband

An eight-year-old Saudi girl will not be able to divorce her 58-year-old husband until she reaches puberty. A Saudi court rejected her mother's divorce plea, ruling that the marriage contract — signed by the groom and the father with the verbal condition that the marriage would not be consummated for 10 years — was valid.

In exchange for his child's hand in marriage, the down-on-his-luck father received $7,500. The girl still lives with her mother and attends school.

This story of a legal system tolerating essentially the sale of a young girl to a man 50 years her elder makes me wonder: Of the billions of women in the world, how many must face an unjust life with few opportunities to control their destinies?

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Snow-white-lover Snow-white-lover 7 years
Have we all not forgotten that it was this girl's father who got them in this mess. Where is the story about what he needed $7500 for??? Where they going to get evicted or simply was he gambler and needed to pay off his debt? Either way he needs to be stoned that he would stoop that low to sell his eight yr.old daughter. What a Mess! What his daughter needs to do is find out what are the consequences for her dad if she doesn't live up to the agreement and then carry that out at 18. Trust me when I say we are going to be reading about this story again in ten yrs because this girl is going to fall in love with someone else and this Dad's head is going to be asked for. GOOD!
keegan79 keegan79 7 years
The following video is about the 8-year-old being married in Saudi Arabia http://www.lemondrop.com/2009/02/10/8-year-old-married-off-to-47-year-old-man/2#comments This one is about the Yemeni 8-year-old who was married and divorced but whose marriage was consumated "but I did not beat her." said the 28 year-old husband. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23548125-5006003,00.html
keegan79 keegan79 7 years
The agreement not to consummate the marriage is not in the marriage contract. It was verbal. The fact that it is not in the contract is significant. There is no hope here. The mother did her best by forcing the issue and a public acknowledgement that there was a so-called verbal agreement of no consummation. She knew the rules and she knew what to do. It is her culture.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Sadly, gooniette, I have heard of female circumcision. Tragic procedure, and I am hoping that this girl didn't have to endure that. But ultimately, knowing that he violated the contract would mean that someone would have to examine the girl.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"An eight-year-old Saudi girl will not be able to divorce her 58-year-old husband until she reaches puberty. " This first sentence tells me that she can't divorce the guy until she is around 13 (When she hits puberty). Since she won't have relations with the old geezer until she is 18, that gives her 5 years to divorce him. Does that help you out?
gooniette gooniette 7 years
Jillness, ever heard of female circumcision? That's a surefire way to make sure a girl is a virgin.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
How is there anyway to tell if the man has been following the rules of the contract? If you are allowed to treat your wife like your property, who would know if he started having relations with her before puberty? Poor girl. I can't imagine having to snuggle up against a 58 year old man, and I am much older than 10.
em1282 em1282 7 years
:sick:
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
The fact that she has to be married (with relations or not) at 13 to a 50 year old is disgusting. Im shocked at some comments on here. Im so happy I live here where I don't have to be worried about my daughter being in those kinds of situations.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
relations would not take place for 10 years. That is far from the 13 she has to wait until. I don't like the situation, but I guess it is their country. And I'm with Dave, at least they will give the option when she hits puberty. I'm thinking the court thinks she might change her mind, or herself be able to make that decision instead of her mother. Either way it's twisted.
NouraBee NouraBee 7 years
there not Saudis there from Yamen ! get ur info right sugar its illegal to get married before the age of 16 in saudi arabia
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
But who's to say she'll even be granted the divorce?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I certainly hope so, zeze, because it sounded very, very bad.
zeze zeze 7 years
I think he means (correct me if I'm wrong, but this is how i understood it) that at least she will be 13 and hit puberty and therefore able to get the divorce before the 10yrs when the marriage can be consummated. And since she lives with her mom until the 10yrs are up, the harm done can be minimized - as opposed to the court telling her no divorce period or divorce only after the 10yrs and the consummation.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Yes Dave, please explain. Since you have a young daughter, I know that can't be what you meant. I hope it isn't what you meant.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I hope I'm reading that comment wrong as well.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
*Or that she can be forced to have "relations" with the guy at any time as long as she's been through puberty?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"I'm ok with the ruling, since the girl will be 13 when she reaches puberty. I'm concerned what the guy (who paid the $7,000+) is going to want in order to grant the divorce, but the girl shouldn't be forced to have "relations" with the guy before." Dave, am I reading you wrong, or are you really saying that a) it's okay for the eight-year-old girl to stay married to the fifty-eight-year-old guy now, and b) that it would be okay for the girl to be forced to have "relations" with the guy once she turns thirteen?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
This is why we shouldn't support them with our dollars for oil and need to drill here at home then focus on alternative sources of fuel. The sooner they get no money, the sooner they will wake up and realize.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Bought and sold. Gross.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Unfortunately this is how it is in Saudi Arabia... dowry, contract, marriage. Once upon a time, all women were treated this way. I don't like it, but that's their law. At least there is the part in the marriage contract that the marriage cannot be consumated for another 10 years. Granted that doesn't stop some people, but I think the Saudi laws are pretty strict about things like that. I wonder what age is considered puberty in Saudi Arabia...
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I'm ok with the ruling, since the girl will be 13 when she reaches puberty. I'm concerned what the guy (who paid the $7,000+) is going to want in order to grant the divorce, but the girl shouldn't be forced to have "relations" with the guy before.
valancyjane valancyjane 7 years
There was a girl in Yemen who was able to divorce her husband in a case like this (she was 13, I don't remember his age), but I think she had been abused and that was the reason the divorce was granted. Good that at least SOME of her rights were recognized; bad that it took her being abused for a divorce to be granted. I always forget that Saudi Arabia is so conservative; I think it's all the rich sheiks that make me think it's more liberated.
Captivate Captivate 7 years
What do you think the old traditionalist man will want to do with the little girl he just bought for $8000? It disturbs me to think of it.
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