Dubai, Aug 12: Marriage for settling debt? To settle his debt a Saudi father married his eight year old daughter to a man in his 50s, who already has two wives.
Details of the case came to light when the mother of the girl took it to the court calling for an abrogation of the marriage contract. The mother, who is estranged from the father, urged all concerned parties and the National Society for Human Rights to support her in canceling the marriage. “This is an unmatched marriage, which will deprive our daughter of her childhood," the mother said. A source at the court said this is not the first case of its kind. He added that the case is further complicated due to the parents not being on speaking terms and because the girl was not consulted. A court in Asir is currently considering a similar case in which a man married his 10-year-old daughter to a man in his 60s for SR170,000.