A stunning debate has been captured on video that features a 10-year-old Yemeni “bride” who was ordered by her parents into a “contract” marriage and an Islamic cleric who argues that such arrangements are ordinary and he would “marry her[off] for sure” if she has “reached puberty.”
The video comes from the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors, interprets and analyzes media reports from the region. The video was aired Sept. 16 by the Lebanese Al-Jadid/New TV channel.
The girl, Nada al-Ahdal, now 11, actually didn’t marry the 26-year-old man she had been designated for, because she ran away to her uncle, who didn’t share the girl’s parents views about marriage for her.
She said children in her position need help.
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