Rumors of pedophilia fly when viral video reveals 85 year-old Saudi man marrying 15 year-old girl

Published October 2nd, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
A photo allegedly depicting two child brides from Iraq. (Reddit)
A photo allegedly depicting two child brides from Iraq. (Reddit)

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.

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