The Arab News reports on a case of domestic discord in Laith, Saudi Arabia, which demonstrates exactly why the Archbishop of Canterbury’s assertion that the adoption of “aspects of Sharia law” was inevitable in Britain led to widespread criticism.
A 10-year-old bride was returned last Sunday to her 80-year-old husband by her father who discovered her at the home of her aunt with whom she has been hiding for around 10 days.
A local newspaper said the husband, who denies he is 80 in spite of claims by the girlâ€™s family, accused the aunt of meddling in his affairs. â€œMy marriage is not against Shariah. It included the elements of acceptance and response by the father of the bride,â€ he said.
He added that he had been engaged to his wifeâ€™s elder sister and that this broke off as she wanted to continue with her education. â€œIn light of this, her father offered his younger daughter. I was allowed to have a look at her according to Shariah and found her acceptable,â€ he said.