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    Saudi Bans Rude License Plates but Still Allows Child Marriages

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    Saudi Bans Rude License Plates but Still Allows Child Marriages

    Post by missingyoumadly on Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:28 am

    To protect public propriety, Saudi Arabia has recently banned license plates whose Arabic characters spell out lewd words:

    Saudi plates normally have three Arabic characters and three numbers, but the growing fashion is for auto owners also to display a version using the Latin alphabet and some buyers of personalised "vanity plates" deliberately choose Arabic letters which turn into words like "SEX", "ASS" and "NUT".

    The authorities in charge of issuing vanity plates have released a list of nine prohibited three-letter combinations, and ordered all branches to stop renewing plates that include them, according to Watan.

    In other news, a Saudi judge reiterated his decision that the marriage of an 8-year-old to a 47-year-old man is valid and refused to annul the marriage:

    The issue of child marriage has been a hot-button topic in the deeply conservative kingdom recently. While rights groups have been petitioning the government to enact laws that would protect children from this type of marriage, the kingdom’s top cleric has said that it’s OK for girls as young as 10 to wed.

    "It is incorrect to say that it’s not permitted to marry off girls who are 15 and younger," Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the kingdom’s grand mufti, said in remarks last January quoted in the regional Al-Hayat newspaper. "A girl aged 10 or 12 can be married. Those who think she’s too young are wrong and they are being unfair to her."

    Al-Sheikh reportedly made the remarks when he was asked during a lecture about parents forcing their underage daughters to marry.

    "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."


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    Yeah, we bow to your intelligent and wise ways, Saudis. Rolling Eyes

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    Re: Saudi Bans Rude License Plates but Still Allows Child Marriages

    Post by Lucid Memes on Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:03 pm

    Oh man that is creepy as hell

    The fact that it is sanctioned is ridiculous...but lets get to the basis of it. What parent in their right mind would let their daughter marry a 47 year old man??!?! Rolling Eyes

    There is no way she will benefit from this transaction


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    Re: Saudi Bans Rude License Plates but Still Allows Child Marriages

    Post by missingyoumadly on Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:04 pm

    Preston wrote:Oh man that is creepy as hell

    The fact that it is sanctioned is ridiculous...but lets get to the basis of it. What parent in their right mind would let their daughter marry a 47 year old man??!?! Rolling Eyes

    There is no way she will benefit from this transaction

    It is not she who is meant to benefit, Preston. This is not a culture whose aims are beneficial to its female citizens. Women are not allowed to drive or own property in Saudi Arabia; hence, women ARE property. And if you are a Saudi family, you may indeed feel that marrying your 8 year old daughter off to a wealthy man at an early age will free YOU from the responsibility of raising her as well as bettering your own financial status.

    So I would tend to say it is a cultural norm which we in the "west" can't understand; not that it makes it any less sick.

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