Prince Faisal gets a hug from Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh
The debate over the practice of men marrying children in Saudi Arabia was back in the spotlight this week, with the kingdom’s top cleric refusing to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man.
“It is incorrect to say that it’s not permitted to marry off girls who are 15 and younger,” Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the kingdom’s grand mufti, said in remarks quoted Wednesday in the regional Al-Hayat newspaper. “A girl aged 10 or 12 can be married. Those who think she’s too young are wrong and they are being unfair to her…”
“We hear a lot in the media about the marriage of underage girls,” he said, according to the newspaper. “We should know that Shariah law has not brought injustice to women…”
The Saudi Ministry of Justice has not made any public comment on the issue.
The concept of Age of Consent doesn’t mean a hell of a lot – when there is no opportunity for consent. Or refusal.