BBC NEWS | Middle East | Young Saudi girl's marriage ended Arranged marriages? That doesn't surprise me. I know some who have been in one. What interests me in this article is the age of bride. Why would someone want an 8yo bride? And this man is in his 50s, although I saw another article related to this in which they say he's in his 60s...either way, you cannot disregard the generation gap here. Father's decision trumps mother's decision? Not only that, it was to pay off a debt. :stare: I wonder how common these cases are over there and in other countries. I'm glad I don't live in a place where this is allowed. The good side to the story is that the marriage was finally annulled (thanks to public outrage).