Thursday, January 22, 2009

Saudi Arabia's senior-most cleric said girls OK to marry at 10!!!

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's senior-most cleric said girls as young as 10 years old can be married. The Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh said in a speech that Sharia law allows the practice of pre-teen girls getting married, and that critics of the practice were doing the girls "an injustice".

"We hear often in the media about the marriage of minors. We must know that Sharia law is not unjust for women," the cleric says. "If it is said that a woman below 15 cannot be married, that is wrong. If a girl exceeds 10 or 12 then she is eligible for marriage, and whoever thinks she is too young, then he or she is wrong and has done her an injustice." His comment came after several cases of young girls being married to men sometimes old enough to be their great-grandfathers.

In an age where we are striving to enable girls to have equal rights with boys, educate them and make them self-sufficient, we get to hear these remarks. How on earth can one justify marrying a 10-year-old off to anyone? She is a child, not even mature enough to take care of herself. How can she be expected to be a wife?


Aditya NADIG :)

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