The Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) raised the case “after learning of the marriage of a minor girl to an 86-year-old man in Jizan” in southeast Saudi Arabia, the group’s head Bandar al-Ayban said in a statement.
Al-Hayat daily had reported that the teenager locked herself inside the bedroom on her wedding night before fleeing the man’s home and returning to her parents.
She had been married off to the man in exchange for a dowry worth around $17,300, the daily reported.
The SHRC had provided “legal assistance to the girl” so she could get a divorce, Ayban said.
Another SHRC member, Hadi al-Yami, said the girl had “expressed her rejection of this marriage.”