A 112-year man has taken a 17-year-old girl as his wife in a supposedly consenting Islamic marriage.
The man, a resident of lawless and largely Islamic Somalia, is 112 years old, having had 5 wives (several of whom he has outlived) and 13 children, but apparently felt the need for one more.
His wife is a 17-year-old girl from the same village as him.
The man claims his new wife gave her consent:
“I didn’t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love; and then we agreed to marry.”
His latest wife joins a rather extensive clan – the man reportedly has 114 children or grandchildren, some as old as 80. He expresses a desire for more from his new wife.
However, at 112 his interests in marrying her seem as much pragmatic as sexual:
“It is a blessing to have someone you love to take care of you.”
We do not hear what the bride thinks of all this.
Although many Islamic countries actively encourage or passively tolerate “marriages” of extremely young girls to much older men, it should be noted that such a marriage would be perfectly legal in a number of western countries, though of course the validity of her consent might still be wondered at in a nation where women enjoy next to no rights and female genital mutilation is routine…
Via the BBC.