Archive for the Children’s Rights Category

8-Year-Old Girl Married to 26-Year-Old Man to Settle Dispute

Child bride in AfghanistanA local jirga in Shamali area of Battagram [Afghanistan] has decided to marry off an eight-year-old girl to a 26-year-old man to settle a dispute between two families.

Local sources said that the jirga was held last week to settle a dispute, which was result of the second marriage of the father of the minor girl. They said that father of the minor girl eloped with a married woman few years ago.

The custom of handing over women to rival party for settling a dispute is called vani in the area. The practice is still common in remote parts of upper Hazara.

Read the rest: Forced Child Marriage: 8-Year-Old Girl Married to Settle Dispute.

This is typical behavior in the ignorant tribal honor/shame culture of Afghanistan.  This is the same culture that spawned Islam and sharia law.  And since the doctrine and laws can not be changed or modernized, this primitive behavior will always belong to the ummah, the believers in Islam, no matter what country they colonize, whether it’s Afghanistan or America.  Don’t think that just because Islam has come to the West, that it will modernize and will accept our culture and laws. Islam is a theocracy whose ideology and politics trump ours, for it is from Allah and is divine and ours is from filthy kafirs.

Pedophilia in Afghanistan

Child brideA new report on human rights in Afghanistan released by the U.S. State Department reveals that girls as young as six can be “married” away or betrothed and are the victims of frequent sexual abuse from older men, sometimes within their own families.

Although the Taliban have a reputation for religious conservatism, that conservatism does nothing to protect women and girls from the sexual depredations of men. Women and girls are commonly victimized and those that speak out are likely to be blamed themselves, regardless of age differences.

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The Taliban argue that restricting child marriages is “un-Islamic.” In their culture, it is perfectly acceptable to marry children or to promise them in marriage. Traditionally a girl may be betrothed, but the marriages are supposed to be delayed until puberty. However, this is not always respected. Also, early onset of puberty can occur in some girls, sometimes as young as eight.

Read the rest: Afghanistan and State-Sanctioned Pedophilia  

Australian Child Bride Married to 25 Year Old by Imam

A Lebanese IT student was accused of child bride marriage after marrying a 13-year-old girl, the case now being handled by the Burwood Local Court in Sydney.

The 26-year-old IT student was in custody and facing charges that involved 25 counts of sex with a child, ABC reported.

child brides According to the news reports, it was a Muslim cleric that married the two. The father of the girl was also set to face charges. The accused student only appeared through a video link from the Sydney jail he was being held.

His barrister applied for a bail to be heard on March 3. Issues related to a more suitable residence and the resolution of a criminal justice visa was raised.

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According to child abuse detectives who handled the case, the father of the minor girl was shocked that the husband of his daughter has been charged with child sex offences, SMH wrote.

Police authorities also allegedly reported the Islamic ceremony may have happened right in the backyard of the girl’s dad.

Read the rest: Australian Child Bride Sanctioned by Islam  

When Mohammed was in his 50’s, he married Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine and had reached puberty. So in Islam, marrying a thirteen year old is not a problem.  This is recorded in the hadith of Bukhari and is sunna.

http://bulletinoftheoppressionofwomen.com/2013/09/15/8-year-old-yemen-bride-died-after-wedding-night/

Child Bride and HusbandAl Nahar, Lebanon, has reported that an eight year old child bride died in Yemen on her wedding night after suffering internal injuries due to sexual trauma. Human rights organizations are calling for the arrest of her husband who was five times her age.

The death occurred in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia. This brings even more attention to the already existing issue of forced child marriages in the Middle Eastern region.

“According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides. Furthermore, of the 140 million girls who will marry before the age of 18, 50 million will be under the age of 15.”

It is reported that over a quarter of Yemen’s young girls are married before the age of 15. Not only do they lose access to health and education, these child brides are commonly subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence in their forced marriage.

One of the main issues is that there is currently no consistent established definition of a “child” that has been agreed upon worldwide.  This leaves various interpretations within countries and little protection for those who are affected. 

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In February 2009, a law was created in Yemen that set the minimum age for marriage at 17. Unfortunately, it was repealed after more conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic.

Read the rest: 8-Year-Old Girl Dies After Forced Marriage.   (h/t to Jihad Watch)

Mohammed was 54 when he married Aisha who was six.  He consummated the marriage when she was nine.

Update: Saudi Cleric Who Raped and Killed Daughter Pays Small Fine by Asma Marwan

Saudi Cleric, Rapes, Murders Daughter

Saudi Arabian media sources have reported that an Islamic cleric who raped, tortured and killed his 5-year-old daughter, has been let off with a small fine, avoiding a jail sentence.

Lama al-Ghamdi was the daughter of Fayhan al-Ghamdi, an Islamic preacher who makes regular appearances on television. Under Saudi law, al-Ghamdi has had to pay only £31,500 in ‘blood money’, even after confessing to the heinous crime. 

Gulf News reports that 5-year-old Lama was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns. She died last October 22.

Activists from women’s rights groups said that the father had doubted Lama’s virginity and had her checked up by a medic. A social worker from the hospital where Lama was admitted said the girl’s back was broken and that she had been raped “everywhere”.

According to the victim’s mother, hospital staff told her that her “child’s rectum had been torn open and the abuser had attempted to burn it closed.”

Ghamdi has apparently paid 200,000 riyals ($50,000; £31,500) in “blood money” – a sum that can be paid to relatives of a murder victim and which, if accepted, can replace a death sentence.

Human rights activists have indicated that judicial leniency towards male abusers reflects the highly problematic nature of the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia.

Currently, women in Saudi Arabia are considered minors, and all are automatically assigned to the care and judgment of their most immediate male relative. 

Read more: Saudi Cleric Rapes, Kills Daughter, Pays Small Fine.  (h/t to Janet Levy)

Flogging the Muslim Rape Victim

 

Women in Maldives prayingIt’s hard to believe, but a 15-year-old rape survivor has been sentenced to be whipped 100 times in public! Let’s put an end to this lunacy by hitting the Maldives government where it hurts: the tourism industry.

The girl’s stepfather is accused of raping her for years and murdering the baby she bore. Now the court says she must be flogged for “sex outside marriage” with a man who has not even been named!

President Waheed of the Maldives is already feeling global pressure on this, and we can force him to save this girl and change the law to spare other victims this cruel fate. This is how we can end the War on Women – by standing up every time an outrage like this happens.

 

The rest of this article: Muslim Woman in Maldives Raped, Sentenced to Flogging   (h/t Atlas Shrugs)

Over 5,000 Saudi Girls Under the Age of 14 Are Married

Young Girl with Text: Muhammad married Aisha when she was six years oldThere have been 5,622 marriages where the bride is under the age of 14 in Saudi Arabia, said Ali Abdul Rahman Al Roumi, a social services academic at Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University, adding that specifying a legal age would not solve the problem, and may lead to “even bigger problems”.

A number of families from “rural areas” have been marrying their daughters off to older, rich men, according to the Saudi owned Al Hayat newspaper.

We must solve this, by at least looking at the difference in age in cases where the bride is young, in which case it can be deceptive” he said. He did not specify what period of time that figure represents.

Read the rest: More Than 5000 Brides under 14 in Saudi Arabia.  (h/t to thereligionofpeace.com)

And why does the imam not want to specify a legal age for marriage?  Because according to Islamic doctrine, Mohammed married his wife Aisha when she was six years old and consummated the marriage when she was nine.  And if Mohammed did it, then it’s sunnah and permitted for all Muslims.

Taliban Shot Malala Because She Was Propagating Against Islam

Masked Soldiers in front of Map of PakistanAnd we thought it was because she was a female who dared to confront those who wanted to deny her the right to be a human and have an education.

Taliban insurgents said on Tuesday that the Pakistani schoolgirl its gunmen shot in the head deserved to die because she had spoken out against the group and praised U.S. President Barack Obama.
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Pakistan’s Taliban described Yousufzai as a “spy of the West”.

“For this espionage, infidels gave her awards and rewards. And Islam orders killing of those who are spying for enemies,” the group said in a statement.

“She used to propagate against mujahideen (holy warriors) to defame (the) Taliban. The Quran says that people propagating against Islam and Islamic forces would be killed..
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“We did not attack her for raising voice for education. We targeted her for opposing mujahideen and their war,” said the Taliban. “Shariah (Islamic law) says that even a child can be killed if he is propagating against Islam.”

Read the rest: Malala Shooting Justified Under Sharia Says Taliban.
(h/t to JihadWatch.org)

Update on Malala

Police at Hospital Where Malala is StayingTwo well-wishers posing as relatives have been stopped by police from visiting Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban who has been flown to the UK for specialist medical care.

The visitors, one of whom claimed to be Malala’s mother, were prevented from seeing the 14-year-old after turning up at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Officers are guarding the site as Malala receives care under tight security conditions. She had been targeted by the Taliban because she was campaigning for better education for girls.

Read the rest: Well Wishers Posing as Family Stopped from Visiting Malala Yousafzai.

(h/t to NewEnglishReview.org)

The Number of Child Brides Under 10 on the Rise in Iran

A child bride next to old manI truly wish these women activists the best but Fardous Azadi can work her fingers to the bone, and it will not change the fact that child marriages from the age of nine years will always be tolerated in Islam.  Why?  Because Mohammed married Aisha at six and consummated the marriage when she was nine. Child marriages (as long as the girl has had her first menses) are Sunna and legal under sharia law.

A new report from Iran has revealed a striking rise in the number of child brides under the age of 10-years-old.

The Union for the Protection of Children’s Rights said that in 2010, at least 713 marriages of girls under 10-years-old were registered in the country, more than twice as many as registered in the three years before.

Farshid Yezdani of the Union was cited by TREND news agency as reporting at least 75 child marriages were registered in the capital, Tehran, last year.

The report also released numbers for 2010, which showed some 342,000 marriage contracts among adolescents under 18-years-old were registered, of which 42,000 involved girls between the age of 10 to 14.

Women’s rights activists across the world have called on the Iranian government to end the marriages of girls under 18-years-old, arguing that the girls are not able to decide their future at that time and that marriage should be a partnership agreed upon by both the husband and the wife.

“It is a worrying trend to see and something that we are all working hard to end,” said Iranian women’s rights activist Fardous Azadi, who told Bikyamasr.com that she has been working closely with a number of European organizations in an effort to educate people in Iran.

“The best way to end this kind of practice is to give information on how to better one’s life without infringing on a child’s ability to have a childhood,” she said. “And we are being successful, we believe, in changing a lot of the perceptions toward this practice.”

Read the rest: Child Marriages on the Rise in Iran.   (h/t to Atlas Shrugs)