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More than 5,000 child brides in Saudi Arabia

Poor families marry off their daughters to rich older men

Staff Report

Published: 15:12 November 8, 2012

Gulf News

Dubai: More than 5,000 girls below the age of 14 are married off in Saudi Arabia, according to media reports.

There have been 5,622 marriages where the bride is under the age of 14 in Saudi Arabia, said Ali Abdul Rahman Al Roumi, a social services academic at Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University, adding that specifying a legal age would not solve the problem, and may lead to “even bigger problems”.

A number of families from “rural areas” have been marrying their daughters off to older, rich men, according to the Saudi owned Al Hayat newspaper.

“We must solve this, by at least looking at the difference in age in cases where the bride is young, in which case it can be deceptive” he said. He did not specify what period of time that figure represents.

He added however that it was “not a trend”.

Al Roumi disagreed with those who opposed imposing a legal age for marriage, saying it was a necessary step but that exceptions could be made provided that the age difference between the husband and wife was not large, and if it was disclosed how much money was given to the bride’s parents, in an effort to prevent what has been termed as “bride selling” to rich people.

Shura Council member Abdullah Bin Saleh Al Hadeithi said that the ministry of justice is studying the implementation of a legal marriage age, but added that the council has never discussed the issue.

Not too young to get married to a middle aged man who is legally entitled to commit sodomy.

3 thoughts on “More than 5,000 child brides in Saudi Arabia

  1. At what age is a person capable of making an informed decision about whether or not to engage in sex? 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18? Over the last 50 years in the United States, all have been the law in various states within the past 50 years.

    In the past 100 years the age of consent in US states has gone from most states having an age of consent of 10 (with exceptions) to most states having an age of consent of 16 (with exceptions).
    Exception: Marriage which nullified any age of consent law.
    Exception: Chaste Character nullified any age of consent laws allowing any age to have sex if the girl was already not a virgin or was arbitrarily not considered of chaste character despite having been a virgin which usually applied to prostitutes or children of prostitutes. The virginity portion the thought was that once someone had sex there was no legal reason to stop them from having sex again as long as they consented to it. These laws were not revoked until 1998 in some areas.

    50 years ago the state of Delawares age of consent was 7. It was raised in the mid 1960s. During this same time period there was a legal movement by the American Law Institute to lower all states back down to 10 as they considered the new federal age of 16 to be an overreach that infringed on states rights, and was against the will of the majority as both the age of consent laws and prohibition laws were passed by small special interest groups who were very outspoken and lobbied congress directly not by a vote of the people.

    The age of legal culpability is 7. That’s when you can be arrested, imprisoned, and forced to register as a sex offender. 7 throughout the US (the youngest life sentence in the US was 10).

    The age of normal puberty begins at 7. Precocious puberty is 6 or earlier and can be at only a few months which is why the youngest mom was 4 when she got pregnant. The average age of puberty is also dropping as in some areas a full 25% of girls have menses and breast growth before reaching age 8. In all areas the majority of girls have reached puberty by 10 (girls are used as the example because in almost all legal cases girls are considered the victim despite the fact they mature at a rate 2-4 years ahead of boys until their early twenties when boys catch up.).

    Currently in the United States the laws vary widely from state to state with most being 16, some being 17, and some being 18. The age of pornography and prostitution however are all set at 18 across the board. Due to the extreme variance in protections provided to teenage couples and the disparity between the age of consent, the age of puberty, and the age of pornography, it has caused not only thousands of people to go to prison and forced to register as sex offenders for life over consensual relationships but it has also caused thousands of children and teens to go to prison and be forced to register as sex offenders for as minor of a crime as taking a racy clothed photo of themselves as lewdity laws do not require nudity. Nudity can in fact be legal while a clothed photo can be illegal as the judgement for lewd photos is based on the visual intent and focus of the photo.

    In the Christian/Jewish bible the age of sexual suitability is 3 years and 1 day old as stated by God directly to Moses in Deuteronomy and Numbers and further supported by Talmud law clarifying it was correct and legal and not a misinterpretation or out of context.

    In Koran/Hadith it is legal to marry any age girl even a 1 year old infant but they are not considered suitable for penetrative sex until they reach puberty. Mohammed himself and many other Muslims practice/d the act of “thighing” which is placing your penis against a girls vagina and squeezing her thighs around it in order to simulate penetrative sex without any actual penetration. This has been upheld numerous times by Muslim leaders as an acceptable thing to do with your wife until she is old enough for actual sex.

    In Hindu texts the age of sexual suitability is stated as 4 year old.

    What are you views on the modern western age of consent? Should it be raised to 21 like some countries? Lowered to 10 like it was? Removed entirely and replaced with a more scientific measure? Should it match across the board so consent, pornography, and prostitution are all equal to avoid the current issues of children being arrested?


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