Of girls getting married in Saudi Arabia

Trust tradition to try to upstage common sense.

Apparently it’s legal for girls in Saudi Arabia to be married at about 10-12 years of age (I’m guessing the variation in the number is decided by when puberty is reached?), and the idea has been put forward to regulate the minimum age for marriage. (That such an idea is put forward is itself a good first step!)

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has commented on this matter:

“Our mothers and grandmothers got married when they were barely 12. Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age.”

Please, don’t be blinded by tradition. Let the kids grow up before you thrust them into marriage.

We have similar problems in India sometimes with underage marriages, but at least it’s actually illegal in India—even though just like in this case, the problem is that tradition manages to trump logic.


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