In a case that has brought awareness of secret child brides in Australia, the girl’s father and the 26-year-old man she “wed” were charged in February over numerous child sex offences.
Documents that formed part of a successful apprehended violence order application by police at the time against the girl’s “husband” state that the young girl “believed or had been informed that sharia law overrides the Australian law”.
“She stated that together with the accused they had been trying to get him registered as her legal guardian with Centrelink in order to obtain any welfare benefits they could,” the court documents state.
The police allege in the AVO document that the 26-year-old man, who was charged with 25 counts of sexual intercourse with a child, admitted to officers on the day he was arrested that he had had sex with the girl daily since the religious ceremony in the living room of the girl’s Hunter Valley home on January 12.
Read the rest: 12-Year-Old Australian Bride Told Sharia Overrides National Law. More here: Child Bride in Australia Told Sharia Trumps Law.
Islamic sharia law does not mention a marriageable age for females. But Mohammed, the perfect pattern of mankind, married Aisha when she was six years old and consummated the marriage when she was nine. So in Islam according to the sunnah, http://islamqa.info/en/146882 a man is permitted to marry a female at the onset of her menses, no matter what her age.