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High Court annuls marriage between Egyptian girl (16) and husband (29)

THE High Court annulled a marriage between a 16 year old Egyptian girl who married a 29 year old man against her wishes.


The marriage between the couple, who are both of the Islamic faith, was declared null and void after gardai and others raised concerns that the teen was the subject of a marriage against her will. R, the young girl, had very little contact with her future husband and was very apprehensive about the marriage, the High Court heard this morning. The young girl did not wish to marry at all, but the High Court said that her parents’s wishes took precedence over their daughter’s. The young girl ran away after her purported marriage ceremony in September 2010, prompting the HSE to seek care orders for the teen who is no longer living in Ireland. R left Ireland despite a court order restraining her removal out of the country.

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