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Is 8 too young an age to marry?

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That’s a big yes. BBC reported that an 8-year-old girl was preparing to go to court to get a divorce. 

A court in Saudi Arabia is reported to be preparing to hear a plea for divorce from an eight-year-old girl who has been married off to a man in his 50s.

The Saudi newspaper al-Watan said the girl had been married off to the man by her father without her knowledge. 

The child’s mother is thought to be pushing for the marriage to be annulled – though the father opposes the move.

Child-protection groups say children are often given away in return for hefty dowries, or as a result of old customs in which a father promises his infant daughters and sons to cousins out of a belief that marriage will protect them from illicit relationships.

Okay – I am more than willing to assume that young girls get promised away a lot more often than young boys do. I am just disgusted that any one person would actually be willing to take an 8-year-old into their bed with them (the marriage has to be consummated, you know). These sick and outdated traditions just need to go away.

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Liz

i'm from helena, montana. i now go to school at the university of montana and i study russian language as well as arabic language and southwest (middle east) and central asia.

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