April 13th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Cafferty: Saudi judge refuses to annul marriage of 8-year-old girl

Last week in the Cafferty File we told you about a new Afghan law that legalizes rape. This week’s outrage story comes courtesy of another one of our allies in the Mideast, Saudi Arabia — where a judge has refused for a second time to annul a marriage between an eight-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man.

The same judge rejected a petition back in December from the girl’s mother, who was trying to get a divorce for her daughter. A relative of the girl tells CNN that the Saudi judge says he’s sticking by his earlier verdict, and that the girl can petition the court for a divorce once she reaches puberty.

The mother’s lawyer says that it was the eight-year-old girl’s father who arranged the marriage in order to settle his debts with the man. The judge required the girl’s husband to sign a pledge that he wouldn’t have sex with her until she reaches puberty. Right.

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  1. David

    Think about this every time you fill up your gas tank. This is the government you are supporting.

    April 13, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. JonDie

    And to think these are our "friends." WE are pretty pathetic.

    April 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Joseph

    wow the middle east is still in the middle ages

    April 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Yousuf

    That is absurd...& very very disgusting, disgraceful. I am out of words....am i shock? NO, but a judge with better understand, you'd think he would annul the marriage...

    I feel really really sorry for the girl. WOw...Sadi Arabia is the most corrupt when it comes to rules and regulations....

    April 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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