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Saudi Arabia New Act to Stop Underage Marriages

Saudi Arabia has no law against child marriage

At the time of this posting,

Saudi Arabia not only has no law against child marriage but also implements a form of Sunni Islam that bans free interactions between males and females. Under that same law it gives fathers the right to wed their children to whoever they determine but in this newest measure ministry officials are going in the right direction.

According to The National Society for Human Rights it is the focus on child marriages that hit national news in the last three years that preempted the government to spring into action.

Saudi Arabia has started issuing new marriage contracts that require the age of the bride to be given. The expected proposed age is said to be 17 or 18.

Ministry officials hope that this act will aid in stopping child marriages that are still commonplace, so much so that some would say that child marriage is just a part of the Saudi culture.

For original article and more on child brides in Saudi Arabia check links below:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7999777.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10217619.stm

http://business.maktoob.com/20090000475966/Bride_s_age_a_must_in_Saudi_m...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7104248.ece

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