Muslim Father Forced 14-Year-Old Daughter To Marry Man In His 30’s
She was 14? Well past her prime! Muhammad, “the perfect model,” married his favorite wife Aisha when she was six years old. So under the sharia, this savage father is well within his Islamic rights.
Few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:
“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88). (Source: Robert Spencer)
Girls as young as 9 years old are eligible to be married “if the signs of puberty are visible,” said the Chairman of the Council on Islamic Ideology, Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani. So marrying off a girl of 14 is well within sharia bounds.
A schoolgirl was woken in her bed on her 14th birthday and forced to marry a man aged in his 30s in the lounge of her family home.
Her father has now been jailed after he admitted child cruelty.
The girl’s husband, now in Bangladesh, went on to sexually assault her.
She had no idea what was going on during the ceremony, which was performed by an Imam, or the language being spoken, but was ‘pinched’ by a relative at certain points to indicate that she should speak, a court was told.
A judge said she had been ‘betrayed’ by her father and exposed to the risk of ‘long-lasting harm’.
The ceremony, conducted in Bengali, took place at the family home in Longsight in 2013. Her siblings were told to go to school.
Manchester Crown Court was told that relatives came up to her bedroom and dressed her in ‘wedding finery and jewellery’.
Elizabeth Nichols, prosecuting, said there were ‘cultural pressures’ forced on the girl’s father by others and he was ‘not alone’ in facilitating the marriage, but said he was ‘uniquely placed’ to protect her.
The MEN isn’t naming the girl or her father despite his conviction and sentence for legal reasons.
The case came to light when the girl ran away from home and flagged down a passing police car.
Ms Nichols said she felt in fear and believed she had ‘no alternative’ but to go through with the arranged marriage.
She said: “She was woken on the morning of her 14th birthday and told that she was to remain home from school because she was to be married.
“She was taken downstairs where the ceremony was performed in Bengali by an Imam.
“She says she did not understand the language. An aunt stood behind her and pinched her at the appropriate time for her to speak.”
The court heard she was immediately taken back upstairs after the ceremony and undressed.
Ms Nichols said: “This was done so that when the other children returned, they would not think that anything extraordinary had happened.
“She told the police officer that she had been forced to take part in a marriage and said that her husband had forced her to have sexual intercourse, which was the trigger for her to run away.”
Her father, who has no previous convictions, was in Bangladesh at the time she ran away but returned home at once and surrendered. More