Girl, 12, divorces husband, 80
Girl, 12, divorces husband, 806:40 AM Friday Apr 23, 2010
Saudi Arabia could introduce a minimum age of marriage for the first time after a girl who married aged 11 won a divorce from her 80-year-old husband. The case of the girl has prompted the state-run Human Rights Commission to call for a legal minimum age in the kingdom. The girl, now 12, married her father's cousin last year, with a dowry of $30,000 paid. The marriage was consummated. She has reached an agreement with her family and the divorce will be settled privately. The Ministry of Justice will issue new guidelines after hearing from medical experts, child psychologists and Islamic scholars.