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Child Marriages To Save Money And Lose Lives!

They were friends and seeking to find a simple way of avoiding the cost of getting married. One night over drinks they came up with the perfect solution to their problem–why not each marry the other man’s sister, in that way, each family avoided the cost of paying for a wedding. Of course, there were minor problems such as one girl was only thirteen, but what the heck when you are in love with saving money what is a thirteen year old in the scheme of life. Unfortunately, the thirteen year old girl died of injuries to her genitals four days after she was married according to the wishes of her family. The Yemen parliament had been discussing the possibility of a law making marriages for girls under 17 illegal, but religious leaders regarded such legislation as contrary to the Muslim religion.

Authorities detained the husband, but there is probably no possibility he will be charged with anything other than littering the sidewalk. After all, this is Yemen, home to devout leaders of the Muslim religion who believe God is His infinite wisdom decreed that men should rule over women and, in return, women could serve as their obedient side kicks.

Saudi Clerics Urge Robbing The Cradle For Brides

Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric said it was permissible to 10 year-old girls to marry and those who oppose the notion of such marriages seek to do an injustice by preventing a young girl from marrying a nice man in his forties or fifties. Sheik Abdul-Aziz Sheikh, the nation’s grand mufti, argued those who do not wish women to marry before the age 25 are following a “bad path” and denying them the right to get married. His comments came as Saudi Human Rights groups were attempting to secure new legislation that would establish minimum age requirements before a girl could get married.

The mufti is upset at such human rights groups. “a female who is 10 or 12 is marriageable and those who think she’s too young are wrong and are being unfair to her.” The assumption of the grand mufti is that mothers and fathers have an absolute right to decide when and to whom their daughters will marry. This is not an unusual idea since it was quite common in many societies five or six hundred years ago. The mufti is certainly on the cutting edge of 15th century thinking.