Save the Women!

Good news!

Posted in child bride,Islam,Saudi Arabia,The Evil that Men do,women by Save the Women! on April 23, 2010

I can finally publish some good news on this blog!

Remember the saudi 12 year old girl who was sold to an 80 year old man?

She has been freed!

It is all over the internet!

The girl was 11 when she was wed against her wishes to her father’s cousin last year in an arranged marriage in her hometown of Buraidah, near the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the Telegraph reported Thursday. Her father was paid a $23,350 dowry.

She has won the court case with the help of her lawyer nd the human right commission. She got her freedom from a life as the ”wife” of a man who could be her great-grand-father!
I suppose the father won’t have to pay her purchase price back, as I suppose the old geezer has already violated her, and the dowry in Islamic marriage is the money paid for sexual access.

The human rights commission of saudi arabia was established by king Abdullah in 2005. They said it would use this case to attempt to establish a minimum age for marriage of 16. Comprising medical experts, child psychologists, social workers and scholars in Islamic law, three committees have been set up to debate the matter, the London Times reported.

“The main aim is to not allow cases like this to happen again,” Alanoud al-Hejailan, a lawyer with Human Rights Commission, told the Times. “There will be some opposition, of course, but we feel that public opinion has changed on this issue. We want to gather all the public support we can for a minimum age for marriage.”

The excuse for marrying underage girls to old men is based on the unreliable narration in the hadith which states that Aïsha was 9 years old when the prophet married her. While he was an old man.
There is much historical data which disproves this single hadith. I have copied an article from an other blogger (with permission) which you can read on the page ”The true age of hazrat Aïscha”
In January,  Sheikh Abdullah al-Manie, a senior Saudi cleric, said Muhammad’s 14th-century marriage could not be used as justification for today’s child marriages, the Indian Express reported.

Will the age of marriage for girls be regulated to a more reasonable age?
(As if 16 is not far too young as well)
Sure, I suppose at the same time that women will be allowed to drive…


3 Responses to 'Good news!'

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  1. Aafke-Art said,

    Good news indeed!
    Thank you for keeping us up to date.

    I am always very unhappy never to know how all these stories on the news end. And what is going to happen to her now? Is she going to study? will she be able to find a more suitable husband?
    Poor little girl…
    But lucky she had so many people fighting for her.

  2. Johann said,

    That is good news!

    But I have to correct you on something:

    “the dowry in Islamic marriage is the money paid for sexual access”

    The dowry is not for thi purpose. It is the money given to the bride solely for her to be the bride. She may have needs to buy to be a wife such as clothes or anything. She can use this money for whatever her needs maybe. It is her gift same as the wedding ring that is given today.

  3. susanne430 said,

    That’s great! Thanks for letting us know!

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