The little EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl that her "father" [and I use the term "father" in the loosest possible sense of the word] married off to a man 50 YEARS HER SENIOR??? She is still married with no "divorce" in sight. Thankfully, her mother does seem to have her wits about her and is seeking help from the HRC [Human Rights Commission].
The child's lawyer, Abdullah Al-Jutaili, wasn't satisfied with the court ruling and plans to appeal the case. He said "annulling the marriage was necessary because the husband could take the girl from school if he wished without anyone being able to object." What??? Oh my gosh! Oh, wait. What about the verbal agreement he made that he would not consummate the marriage until the girl turns 18? Yeah.
My goodness. This little girl should be going to school and playing dolls with her friends. I cannot fathom the psychological impact this will have on her if she is all of the sudden taken from her mother and school to be a wife to a man old enough to be her grandfather. She cannot possibly have any idea of what is in store for her in the very near future.
The man that donated his sperm to fertilize an egg sold his child for 30,000 riyals. $8,042.89! What kind of man can call himself a father when he does something so ludicrous?!? It is vile. He should be hanging his head in shame.
Apparently the court has stated that "an appeal for annulling the marriage could only be filed by the girl when she reaches puberty." What kind of ruling is that? Why isn't the court protecting the little girl?!? A member of the National Society for Human Rights, Suhaila Zain Al-Abidin, "questioned the decision by asking what condition the girl would be in if she was to reach puberty at the age of 9 or 10... A girl of her age cannot use her money freely, let alone take [sic] such a major decision. It is not logical by all means." No. Damn skippy it isn't. But then, sometimes The Sandbox truly is a "L F Z." [Logic Free Zone.]