Thursday, March 26, 2020

Saudi Imam on TV says elderly men have every right to marry 9-year-old girls

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In a shocking interview that went viral on social networks, a senior Saudi cleric defended the "right" of men to marry underage girls. He "slams" human rights organizations in the US and claims no one has the right to criticize the authentic practice of Islam in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.
He estimates that in Saudi Arabia alone 3000 girls under 13 are married to Muslim men over the age of 20.
Child marriage is still practiced all over the Arab-Muslim world in countries such as Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, etc.
An estimated 15 million girls under 18 are married each year. Girls who marry before they turn 18 are less likely to remain in school and more likely to experience domestic violence. Everything possible must be done to protect these vulnerable children.
Under Sharia law girls can marry at the age of 6, just like the Prophet Muhammad from the Koran did when he married Aisha. Muhammad consummated his marriage with Aisha when she was nine.