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70-Year-Old Man Marries 15-Year-Old in Saudi Arabia: Does Something Need to Change?

AdriHead 2013/01/08 23:52:32
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A 70-year-old man in Saudi Arabia reportedly paid a $20,000 dowry to the parents of a 15-year-old girl so that he could marry her -- and human rights workers are outraged. But the man, who refused to provide his name to CNN, says that he thought the girl was 25 year old -- not 15.

The marriage was brought to public light when the man complained to a local official that he had been ripped off because his wife left him and her family had taken her back. There is currently no law in Saudi Arabia that requires a minimum age for marriage. Do you think something in the region needs to change?

CNN.COM reports:
A 70-year-old man in Saudi Arabia is disputing claims his new bride is 15 years old, and says her family ripped him off for the large dowry he paid.
disputing claims bride 15 years family ripped large dowry paid

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  • Shavaun66 2013/01/09 00:32:00
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    Shavaun66
    +30
    Our efforts to Democratize other countries is a failure in the Middle East. We need to get out of there, and they need to leave US alone

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  • Bobby C 2013/09/10 12:17:14
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Bobby C
    That poor girl needs to have her boyfriend smother this old fool in his sleep.
    poor girl boyfriend smother fool sleep
  • DavidJoleenJames 2013/05/21 22:14:32
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    DavidJoleenJames
    I may not agree with that scenario, from a western standpoint being that it is too close for comfort, let alone illegal in most of the world. However it is their culture and I do not feel it is my place to judge and berate as disgusting as it may seem to me.
  • LethalGlitter 2013/04/13 04:58:48
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    LethalGlitter
    Okay. 70 and 15 is a bit too much of an age gap for comfort. 15 and 20, if they'd known each other forever, I could deal with in my mind. 16 and 21. 17 and 22. Five years, in my mind seems okay. But fifty five years.. Don't wanna even think about it.
  • romie 2013/03/20 20:49:25
  • Theodore 2013/02/05 00:59:31
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    Theodore
    The idea is great The man should either get his money back or her younger sister because he family took the money and the girl was legaly- Married.
  • masondog1 2013/02/02 14:57:32
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    masondog1
    I am sorry, I answered the question wrong. They should not be permitted to marry.
  • Bureauc 0Bamao 2013/02/02 02:59:17
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    Bureauc 0Bamao
    How old was mohammad when he took his seven year old bride?
  • stephen... Bureauc... 2013/02/02 19:42:56
    stephen.runnels.1
    Almost as old as god was when he raped and impregnated a 12 year old girl.
  • Jerry 2013/02/01 03:40:44
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Jerry
    Sadam Husein & Khadafi were removed by force.
    Why not the Saudi's? Why not liberate those people? There is few more scumbags dictators, that torture their people and nobody cares about that!
  • zaddaa 2013/01/26 06:05:22
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    zaddaa
    In my opinion it should be the choice of the girl and it did not sound like she wantwed anything to do with it.
  • Red Branch 2013/01/26 03:15:10
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Red Branch
    It is their culture and we cannot do anything about it.

    But Islam must be stopped and make sure this does not happen here.
  • codie.paul 2013/01/25 16:14:52 (edited)
  • Mel 2013/01/22 10:09:24
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Mel
    thats discusting and should change imidiately
  • concretepete 2013/01/15 23:05:03 (edited)
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    concretepete
    +1
    it's all about moneyand then kill the child molester
  • Charlotte 2013/01/14 20:53:31
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Charlotte
    It's kinda of creepy what happens if he's a weirdo and rapes young girls he could take advantage of her
  • Sunny 2013/01/14 20:08:17 (edited)
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    Sunny
    Usually in the USA or most other countries this would be an outrage, but in Saudi Arabia this might be considered as acceptable (but thats probably not the case), another likely scenario is that the family of the girl is poor and is forced to take such an action, it's customary to pay money to the family of the bride, this seems as the more likely situation.
    So all of you people that consider this as pedophilia think again, this actually might be as I thought, but then again I might also be wrong
  • Vallin Sfas 2013/01/14 16:37:42
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    Vallin Sfas
    I'm 51...so it's cool. But I don't think she should be sold like that. Though, at my age, I might reconsider that.
  • Ashley Tale 2013/01/14 04:09:17
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Ashley Tale
    I know that middle east cultures aren't as free as modern westerns' but seriously what were they [the ones who arranged it] thinking ? That's a huge age gap, their countries law may allow it but its practically unfair & inappropriate, to be honest....
  • Ramón 2013/01/14 04:05:39
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Ramón
    +1
    Pedophilia practiced by perverts who sexually abuse children in Muslim countries is the norm. Their founder did, so they do.
  • wrs 2013/01/13 20:20:50
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    wrs
    Ewwww! It may have started off as a cultural thing within the Arabic community spanning years and generations, but that doesn't mean that it's right. What this has done is to bring to light how horribly women have and are treated in some cultures.
  • Luke Warga 2013/01/13 19:22:07
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    Luke Warga
    +4
    their culture. lets not mess with it. we dont have to be the world's super heroes. lets fix our own issues first, k?
  • mlw55 2013/01/13 13:39:05
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    mlw55
    SICK O!!!
  • Dave 007 2013/01/13 12:31:13
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Dave 007
    +1
    He'll bitch for a few days, then go buy a new Mercedes to feel better, and then buy a new wife.
  • Ashley ... Dave 007 2013/01/14 04:10:27
    Ashley Tale
    +1
    ikr, that always what ends up happening
  • Charlotte Dave 007 2013/01/14 20:55:09
    Charlotte
    Good one :)
  • sade 2013/01/13 10:22:14
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    sade
    If she have no problem ,its ok
  • Ashley ... sade 2013/01/14 04:11:20
    Ashley Tale
    oh according to world's law she's a minor..... that is unjust
  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/01/12 22:02:11
  • Sodaman 2013/01/12 21:43:55
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Sodaman
    +1
    This Arab man is just another child-molester freak!! A real sicko!
  • Charlotte Sodaman 2013/01/14 20:56:32
    Charlotte
    It's true the parents are stupid your letting a strange old man marry your child that's just messed up
  • Sodaman Charlotte 2013/01/15 20:39:25
    Sodaman
    Thank you Charlotte.(I hope I spelled your name right.)
  • twocrows 2013/01/12 20:37:57
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    twocrows
    +3
    we may not like the way they conduct their affairs. I know I'm not fond of the idea of a septuagenarian marrying a teenager. but it's not up to me to dictate to another nation how they are to live - no matter how distasteful I may find it.
    after all, who died and made me God?

    people in Saudi Arabia disagree with the way we live. should they get a say about it?
    if we demand that they change how they live their lives, they have a right to dictate to us.
    what's sauce for the goose . . . .

    I have a better idea - let's get our noses out of the Middle East and let them keep their noses out of the US.
    all in favor, say aye.
  • btrushluver 2013/01/12 20:06:38
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    btrushluver
    that just straight up pervation and way above sick that one lil'whoe and one pervert -_-
  • Robert Pattersion 2013/01/12 19:48:56
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    Robert Pattersion
    He could be a vampire . . .
  • Ashley ... Robert ... 2013/01/14 04:12:01
    Ashley Tale
    be realistic
  • michael Ashley ... 2013/01/14 13:34:55
    michael
    or a necromancer
  • RED DAWN 2013/01/12 15:03:55
    No, it's their choice and their culture
    RED DAWN
    With all the problems we have here and you want to worry about some dumb marriage.Is this question a distraction to take the attention away from what the idiot is doing at 1600 pennsylvania avenue.
  • pottersgirl 2013/01/12 14:09:42
    Yes, that should not be allowed!
    pottersgirl
    +1
    this is so stupid! who can actually marry a 70 year old man whan tha girl is just 15! that should not be allowed. the parents and the man should be taken to jail for allowing this!
  • twocrows potters... 2013/01/12 20:43:30
    twocrows
    +1
    it is legal in their country so, no, jail will not enter into it.

    meanwhile, if you get to tell this man how to live, he has the right to do turnabout.
    do you want HIM telling you to cover your head and speak to a man only when spoken to? to never be seen in public with a man who is not your husband, brother or father? those are, after all, their customs. do you want to live by them? if not, don't try to tell him that HIS following his nation's customs is illegal.
  • Ashley ... twocrows 2013/01/14 04:14:22
    Ashley Tale
    it may not be illegal there, but from anyone's point of view huge age gap => only destruction & purpose for it is profit. Tell me if I'm wrong
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