8-Year-Old Saudi Girl Divorces

Some things are just wrong: An eight-year-old Saudi girl has divorced her 50-year-old husband, who bought her hand in marriage for $13,000 last year. The divorce was reached through an out-of-court settlement that involved an undisclosed amount of money. The U.S.—a staunch ally of the oil-rich kingdom—has openly criticized the custom of child marriages as a blatant violation of human rights. The senior Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia has defended the practice, saying that 10-year-old girls are mature enough to handle it, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is "doing the girls an injustice."