Saudi court orders investigation into child-bride case: Website
DUBAI (REUTERS) - A Saudi court has ordered an investigation into the marriage of a 12-year-old girl in the south of the conservative kingdom, a local news website reported.
The Saudi justice ministry drafted a bill earlier this year that sets 16 years as the minimum age of marriage for girls but allows for exceptions.
A ministry spokesman could not be reached for comment but human rights activists have previously said such rules have previously been announced and not subsequently followed.
Al-Sabq website reported on Tuesday that a school principal in Samita district in the southeast of the country near the Yemeni border noticed that the fourth-grade girl had not been feeling well, and sent her to a local hospital after finding out she had been married.