Saudi girl, 15, divorced from 86-year-old man after just two days of marriage

A 15-year-old Saudi girl has been divorced from her husband aged around 86 years years just two days after he married her and pushed her to shut herself up in her room before fleeing back to her family, press reports said on Thursday.

The Saudi Human Rights Commission said it had succeeded in divorcing the girl following talks with the tribes of the couples, adding that the bride had not slept with her husband. Its chairman Hadi Al Yami said Commission members had advised both parties to separate the couple on the grounds it is not a qualified marriage.

Newspapers earlier said the groom is aged around 90 years and that he had paid SR65,000 (Dh64,000) dowry to the bride’s family. The man from the southern province of Jazan had said he would file a court case to recover his money.

“She remained inside her room for two days before sneaking out and fleeing back to her family,” the Saudi Arabic language daily Alhayat daily on Tuesday.

It quoted the man as saying he had paid SR65,000 dowry  for her Yemeni father, adding that her mother is Saudi.

“I feel that there is a conspiracy by her mother against me,” he said on Tuesday. “I will go to court tomorrow and demand that her parents give me back my money.”

Newspapers on Thursday did not make clear whether the unnamed man was given back the dowry money after the divorce.

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