Sunday, April 12, 2009

Islam, religion of women's equality

"We hear a lot in the media about the marriage of underage girls," he said, according to the newspaper. "We should know that Sharia law has not brought injustice to women."

In this case, in case you're wondering, it's the story of an eight year old girl whose father married her off to a creditor to satisfy his debts. Call it slavery if you want, I won't object.

(CNN) -- A Saudi judge has refused for a second time to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man, a relative of the girl told CNN.

The most recent ruling, in which the judge upheld his original verdict, was handed down Saturday in the Saudi city of Onaiza, where late last year the same judge rejected a petition from the girl's mother, who was seeking a divorce for her daughter.

The relative said the judge, Sheikh Habib Al-Habib, "stuck by his earlier verdict and insisted that the girl could petition the court for a divorce once she reached puberty."

The head of the Saudi so-called human rights commission claims that they're trying to stop child marriages, and they claim that they've even stopped one (!!) of them. Maybe they should try just a tiny bit harder.

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