Outrage over video of 85-year-old man’s marriage to 15-year-old

Updated 01 October 2016
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Outrage over video of 85-year-old man’s marriage to 15-year-old

JEDDAH: An online video showing the wedding party of 85-year-old groom and 15-year-old bride went viral on Thursday and attracted many reactions on the social networking site Twitter.
The person who uploaded the video said that the husband, named Sulaiman Al-Rashidi, is 85 years old and the bride is just 15. He pointed out that the wedding party was a traditional simple one, and that the guests paid the costs of the party.
However, many Twitter users shared a tweet by Rashidi’s son that his father is 74 years old and his bride is 37 years old, not a minor.
“Anyone marrying a minor to another person, or anyone getting married to a minor girl should be punished, imprisoned or pay a fine,” Tareq Al-Omary tweeted.
“Just one of many painful examples of exploiting women; he is 70 years her senior,” Halima Muzaffar wrote on her Twitter page.
Ahmed Al-Hashimi tweeted, “They have sentenced you to death. I wonder what he will call you: A daughter or a servant.”
Heba Mubarak said the video is the modern image of female infanticide in the twenty-first century.


Saudi justice ministry launches 15 new e-services to streamline procedures

Updated 20 September 2019

Saudi justice ministry launches 15 new e-services to streamline procedures

RIYADH: Saudi Justice Minister Dr. Walid Al-Samaani has ordered the launching of a package of development services in the enforcement sector, aiming at facilitating the procedures for beneficiaries.
The new services target both the claimant (or the claimant’s representative) and the defendant, where the application is referred to the enforcement panel and treated without the need to visit the enforcement courts and panels.
The ministry said the enforcement sector includes several services’ development programs that aim at finding innovative technical solutions and promoting the digital capacities of enforcement courts, to help beneficiaries and facilitate their procedures. These development programs are in line with the ministry’s systematic move toward digital transformation.
The ministry said the new services aim at expediting and automating the procedures and saving beneficiaries effort, time and money.
The package includes several services, such as informing the defendant of the enforcement order against them and the issuance of visit, custody and eviction orders.
To benefit from these services, beneficiaries can visit the website https://najiz.moj.gov.sa, sign in to their account and click on the “My Applications” icon.