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A 92-year-old banned from marrying teenage

The 92-year-old Saudi man proposed marriage to a 17-year-old village girl and offered a dowry of about USD 28,000 as well as gold jewellery.

world Updated: Jun 14, 2008 21:08 IST

Egyptian authorities have banned a 92-year-old Saudi man from marrying a poor teenage girl 75 years his junior, a judicial source said on Saturday.

The justice ministry made its ruling under a law designed to prevent wealthy Arabs from the Gulf from snapping up young Egyptian girls and which forbids marriage when there is an age gap of 25 years or more.

The unidentified Saudi holidaymaker proposed marriage to a 17-year-old village girl and offered a dowry of about USD 28,000 as well as gold jewellery, the source said.

"Her parents, who are very poor, accepted," he told AFP.

But the justice ministry refused to register to marriage, citing the legislation brought in during the Gulf oil boom.

However, according to Egypt's Al-Akhbar newspaper, the authorities allowed 173 such marriages last year after the foreign husbands paid the equivalent of USD 8,000.