Saudi woman forced to marry cousin after poking his eye as a child
A young Saudi woman has been forced to marry her cousin after she caused him to lose one of his eyes when they were children.
Saudi news site Sabq said that the young man never had any cosmetic surgery after his cousin accidentally poked his eye with a broom, Gulf News reported.
When he grew up and wanted to get married, he could not find a woman who would take him as a husband, reportedly because of his disfigurement.
The distressed father of the man eventually said that the daughter of his sister should marry him, citing that she's the one responsible for his misery.
The incident has prompted online criticism of the man's father for holding the girl responsible for her mistake.
"The child does not mean to harm him, why pay the price of a great refuge," reads one comment.
Another argued: "No one shall be compelled to marry. How can they punish someone for a crime committed when he was a child?"
However, some commentators also approved of the marriage as "compensation".