Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council bans child marriages

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council bans child marriages
Members of Saudi Arabia's Shoura council, a top advisory body, attending an address. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 January 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council bans child marriages

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council bans child marriages
  • The council’s speaker Abdullah Al-Sheikh approved the law that called for banning of marriage of all minors, male or female
  • The ruling also received the support of two thirds of the council

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has banned the marriage of minors following a ruling by the Kingdom’s Shoura Council, according to a statement issued by the council on its website.

The council’s speaker Abdullah Al-Sheikh approved the law that called for banning of marriage of all minors, male or female, at a recent session of the council.

The ruling also received the support of two thirds of the council.

After the decision Shoura Council member Latifa Al-Shaalan Tweeted her approval of the council's decision, calling it “a good step forward that was not easy to reach.”