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Saudi 8 Year Old Married To 58 Year Old

Saudi Arabia is often touted by President Bush as a stalwart ally of the United States in its fight to protect and extend democracy in the world. Saudi leaders are cited as being “good Muslims” unlike the barbaric Taliban or al-Qaeda. An eight year old Saudi Arabian girl was married off by her father to a 58 year-old man in order to spite his ex-wife. A petition was filed by the unmarried mother after the marriage contract had been signed by her ex-husband, but the court denied her request. According to her lawyer, Abdullah Jtili, “the judge has dismissed the plea because she (the mother) does not have the right to file, and ordered that the plea sold be filed by the girl herself when she reaches puberty.” The little girl has no idea that she is now a married woman. The case appears to fit a pattern in which divorced fathers use their children to get back at the ex-wife.

Perhaps, one of our Saudi Arabian allies in the fight for democracy might try a bit of democracy in his own country.

First In Yemen: 8 Year-Old Seeks Divorce!

An eight year-old girl, Nojoud Muhammed Nasser, walked into a court and for the first time in Yemen history, a daughter charged her father with forcing her to marry a 30 year-old man. “My father beat me and told me that I must marry this man, and if I did not, I would be raped and no law and no sheikh in this country would help me. I refused but I couldn’t stop the marriage. I asked and begged my mother, father and aunt to help me to get divorced. The answered we can do nothing. If you want, you can go to court by yourself. So this is what I have done.” She said the man she married beat her, sexually abused her and prevented her from escaping. “He was too tough with with me, and whenever I asked him for mercy, he beat me and slapped me and then used me. I just want to have a respectful life and divorce him.” Yemen law prevents the girl from instituting prosecution of her father and husband, but a judge ordered both of them to be arrested.

The girl will be placed with Dar Al-Rahama, a non-government agency, which works with children. If she can get an education, this young lady would become an outstanding lawyer who could work to protect Yemen girls from such abuse.