A 90-YEAR-old Saudi Arabian man is suing the family of his 15-year-old bride after she shut herself in her bedroom on their wedding night. She locked the door from the inside so that he could not enter. Two days later she fled to her parents’ home.|
Now the elderly man wants his money back, saying he paid more than $16,000 dowry to her Saudi mother and Yemeni father, so he could marry the teenager.
The Al Arabiya TV channel reported the groom insisted that his marriage was "legal and correct" and said when his bride locked herself in the bedroom he became "suspicious about some kind of conspiracy" by her and her mother.
The 15-year-old’s arranged marriage has caused a furore in Saudi Arabia where critics took to Twitter, calling it child trafficking. One said: "She is still considered as a product! A father sells his daughter without mercy, to be bought by money and status".
A member of the Saudi National Association for Human Rights, Suhaila Zein el-Abedin, said the case underlined the need for the country to establish a minimum age of 18 for marriage.
She told Al Arabiya authorities should intervene "as soon as possible to save this child from tragedy", noting that marriage in Islam should be through mutual consent.