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AL-LAITH: A 10-year-old bride was returned last Sunday to her 80-year-old husband by her father who discovered her at the home of her aunt with whom she has been hiding for around 10 days.
A local newspaper said the husband, who denies he is 80 in spite of claims by the girl’s family, accused the aunt of meddling in his affairs. “My marriage is not against Shariah. It included the elements of acceptance and response by the father of the bride,” he said.
He added that he had been engaged to his wife’s elder sister and that this broke off as she wanted to continue with her education. “In light of this, her father offered his younger daughter. I was allowed to have a look at her according to Shariah and found her acceptable,” he said.
Maatouq Al-Abdullah, a member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), said there is no system in place regulating the marriage of young girls, something that he said results in adverse psychological, health and social effects.
“Such marriages are considered a gross violation of charters on the rights of children, which the Kingdom has signed and which set the age of adulthood at 18,” he added.
Originally posted by ravenshadow13
As always, other countries and cultures have customs different than our own. We have no right to meddle with these cultural differences, as it would be like instructing people in underdeveloped countries to eat different foods, or wait to have kids until a certain age, because that is what we do.
Although many cases like this are unclear and seem unfair, according to the laws of that area this is permitted, and since the child was not meant to be the original bride it looks like an agreement had already been made and she was given *by her father* to compensate for her older sister who backed out. If anyone is to blame it is the father, but in this case he has every right to give away his daughter to whoever he wants. In many ways this is just an early arranged marriage for her, something many other groups do from birth, and she was just promised to start the marriage now instead of waiting until an older age.
Edit- Most important point being that it's not considered "okay" by many cultures, including ours, but it's not considered to be "horrific" in other cultures.
Americans and Western Nations are very culture-centric. But what are we going to do? It's against most charters for us to go in and say "We think this is wrong, stop." when people there will say "this is how we live our lives, this is how it's been, this is acceptable by our laws, who are you to tell us otherwise?"
[edit on 8/26/2009 by ravenshadow13]
other countries and cultures have customs different than our own. We have no right to meddle with these cultural differences