Saudi Arabia Shifts Course on Child Marriage - AOL NewsFor the first time, the Saudi Arabian state has intervened in the marriage of a preteen girl to an older man, leading some campaigners to speculate that the kingdom could be about to ban the cruel and archaic practice of child marriage.
The government-run Human Rights Commission (HRC) has hired a lawyer to review the case of a 12-year-old girl who was paired off with her father's 80-year-old cousin last year. The girl's mother opposed the marriage and attempted to secure a divorce, but suddenly dropped the case earlier this month with no explanation...
last year...a court in the city of Onaiza repeatedly dismissed a divorce petition by the mother of an 8-year-old girl whose father had sold her into marriage with a man in his 50s.
Banning Loli Brides “Bad for Society” | Sankaku ComplexSheikh Abdul Aziz al-Teraifi, an official with Saudi Arabias Ministry of Islamic Affairs, stresses that banning child marriage would be damaging, as it would result in girls being forced into the hijab at a later age, potentially allowing them to mix with unrelated men in a sinful manner:Outlawing the marriage of young girls to elderly men will have a negative effect on Saudi society as it will lead to mixing of the sexes which is impermissible in Islam.
Apparently it goes on in Cananda as well
Immigration: 'Child bride' loophole can't be closed | Canada | News | Toronto Sun
Which might explain a few things about Yukon