ASaudi Arabian man, who the world thought was 70 up until a few hours ago, has divorced his 15-year-old wife after public backlash from their marriage a few days ago. This we know.
But get this. CNN reports the man is not 70 but, in fact, 86 years old according to a human rights group. The man inquestion allegedly told Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission that the girl’s family tricked him into paying a $20,000 dowry for the girl by telling him she was 25 and not 15.
On their wedding night, the couple supposedly fought when the teenager locked herself in the bedroom and refused to have sex with the man who is 71 years her senior. According to The Spreadit, the girl then ran back to her parent’s home near the Yemen border. The groom then took the family to court, received his money back, and was granted a divorce by the commission.
Child marriages are not uncommon in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries, as there are usually no laws regarding age restrictions for marriage. Human rights activists have long fought to change these countries’ customs, which sends girls are young as five or six to the beds of much older or elderly men willing to pay a large dowry.
Regarding this case, many activists around the world are outraged and publicly calling for action. Egyptian activist Mone Eltahawy tweeted, “It’s only when there’s enough public outrage that we can fight #childmarriage. We are not angry enough to help that 15 y/o & others like her.”