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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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