Man, 70, divorces 15-year-old bride he bought for $20K in Saudi Arabia

By on Jan 11, 2013 in Middle East, World Comments

A man, 70, divorces the 15-year-old girl he married for $20,000 after she was taken back by her parents in Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia said that the divorce was granted after their much publicized marriage went viral and earned the outrage of several human rights groups.

Dr. Bandar Alaiban, the commission’s president, said that “A divorce has taken place and the dispute has now been resolved amicably.”

The man claimed that he gave a $20,000 dowry to the parents of the 15-year-old. However, reports say that after a fight between the couple, the girl went back to her parents.

In an interview with CNN, the man explained that he thought that the girl was already 25-years-old.

The 15-year-old bride was reportedly a native of Al-Hurath village, Jizan province of southwestern Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border.

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