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    Saudi Arabia's most senior cleric was quoted Wednesday as saying it is permissible for 10-year-old girls to marry and those who think they're too young are doing the girls an injustice.
    The mufti's comments showed the conservative clergy's opposition to a drive by Saudi rights groups, including government ones, to define the age of marriage and put an end to the phenomenon of child marriages.
    "It is wrong to say it's not permitted to marry off girls who are 15 and younger," Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al Sheikh, the country's grand mufti, was quoted as saying.
    "A female who is 10 or 12 is marriageable and those who think she's too young are wrong and are being unfair to her," he said during a Monday lecture, according to the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper.
    Al Sheikh's comments come at a time when Saudi human rights groups have been pushing the government to put an end to marriages involving the very young and to define a minimum age for marriage. In the past few months, Saudi newspapers have highlighted several cases in which young girls were married off to much older men or very young boys.

    Though the mufti's pronouncements are respected and provide guidance, the government is not legally bound by them.
    On Sunday, the government-run Human Rights Commission condemned marriages of minor girls, saying such marriages are an "inhumane violation" and rob children of their rights.
    The commission's statement followed a ruling by a court in Oneiza in central Saudi Arabia last month that dismissed a divorce petition by the mother of an eight-year-old girl whose father married her off to a man in his 50s.
    Newspaper reports said the court argued that the mother did not have the right to file such a case on behalf of her daughter and said that the petition should be filed by the girl when she reaches puberty.
    Responding to a question about parents who force their underage daughters to marry, the mufti said: "We hear a lot about the marriage of underage girls in the media, and we should know that Islamic law has not brought injustice to women."
    The mufti said a good upbringing will make a girl capable of carrying out her duties as a wife and that those who say women should not marry before the age of 25 are following a "bad path."
    "Our mothers and before them, our grandmothers, married when they were barely 12," said Al Sheikh, according to Al-Hayat.
    There are no statistics to show how many marriages involving children are performed in Saudi Arabia every year. And it's also not clear whether these unions are on the rise or whether people are hearing about them more now because of the prevalence of media outlets and easy access to the Internet.
    Activists say the girls are given away in return for hefty dowries or as a result of long-standing custom in which a father promises his infant daughters and sons to cousins out of a belief that marriage will protect them from illicit relationships.

    Senior Saudi cleric says girls can marry at age 10; those who try to stop child weddings are 'unfair

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    Sorry for pointing out the obvious but a 10-year-old girl is still a child. Backwards asswipe.

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    Yes, protecting pre-adolescent girls from rape is a 'great injustice'.

    Fucking pervert.
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    Yes, but this is our 'ally' the quirky little Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...we cant hold them to an unreasonable thing like Human Rights....

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    WTF! Girls very young have Aunt Flo visiting them...what girl at 10 years old is prepared to be a mother. This is so fucked up, not to mention preverted.
    Our mothers and before them, our grandmothers, married when they were barely 12," said Al Sheikh, according to Al-Hayat.
    And this makes it ok?

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    The mufti said a good upbringing will make a girl capable of carrying out her duties as a wife and that those who say women should not marry before the age of 25 are following a "bad path."
    Who said anything about women not marrying before the age of 25?

    We're talking about children here. 10 years old is way too young for such a responsibility. I think 18 (or even 16) is a perfectly acceptable age for a girl to start thinking about marriage. If it's her choice. No-one should be forced into marriage.
    Last edited by Jezi; January 20th, 2009 at 12:58 PM. Reason: typos

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