posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 02:19 PM
Another example of convenient dismissal of a nation's laws in order to accomodate 'Muslim culture'.
If nonMuslim parents arranged a marriage for their 12 to 13 year old daughter and sent her alone to Lebanon to be married to a male in
his mid-20's, the State would prosecute the parents for being accessory to the rape and deprivation of liberty of a minor. The State would very
probably take the child into care, provide counselling, etc.
Yet the State did nothing when Muslim migrant parents in Australia sent their young daughter to Lebanon to be married to a male ten or more years
older than she. The girl was told by her parents that she was being sent 'on holiday' to stay 'with friends'. Her parents pulled her out of
school, where she was doing well. The girl had been born in Australia, spoke Australian like a native, was popular, enjoyed school, was a good
student, had never been in any kind of trouble in her life.
When the girl arrived in Lebanon, she was met by a group of people who frightened her, whom she'd never met and knew nothing of. They took her to
their house and put her immediately to work. She attempted to be co-operative and to please her hosts. A few days later, the women of the family
phyiscally examined her, causing her considerable embarrassment and pain, in order to confirm she was a virgin. They then ordered her to bathe and
gave her a dress with orders to put it on. She was told this was her wedding day.
The poor girl was terrified, believed she'd been kidnapped by crazy people. She protested and said she wanted to return home. When she begged to be
allowed to use the phone in order to contact her parents (who she believed would fly to her assistance) she was beaten and informed her parents
already knew all about the marriage .. in fact they were eager for it to occur as swiftly as possible.
The girl was married to a man who physically and otherwise repulsed her. The women of his family treated the girl like a slave and told her it was
her duty to obey her husband to the letter.
He raped the girl. When she cried, he beat her. Then he went to complain about her to the women of his family who also beat her.
The girl tried to escape and as punishment and to teach her obedience, she was locked in a room for several days, during which her 'husband'
repeatedly raped her and informed her that when they went to Australia, he would leave her. Australian women were hungry for men like him, he assured
her. He told her she was his 'ticket' into Australia.
The girl was compelled to live under these conditions for a few years, during which she gave birth to a daughter.
Finally, she stopped rebelling. Only if she could convince her husband and his family that she was 'tamed', 'broken', would she be able to get
her daughter and herself back to Australia.
When she arrived in Australia, the girl was subjected to more of her husband's continual physical and mental abuse. One day, she managed (by
behaving like a good and obedient wife) to leave the house and phone her mother.
Her mother put down the phone. She would not talk to her daughter or comfort her tears.
It took further time before the girl was allowed to visit her parents to show them their grandchild. During this visit, her mother told her that she
herself had been forced into an arranged marriage --- that it was their 'culture' and the girl had better stop rebelling and try to bring honour on
After several more years of torment, the girl escaped and with her young daughter, was provided refuge at a women's shelter.
Her husband swore to kill her, but the girl refused to return to him.
From where she lived in sheltered (secret) accomodation, the girl, now assited by women's groups, commenced divorce proceedings.
She was still too terrified to go outside, for fear her husband, his relatives and even members of her own family, would kill her and her daughter.
But she consented to an interview with a prominent Australian Women's magazine and told her story. Her dream, she said, was to return to her studies
and to one day become a teacher.
This case was also featured in several Australian newspapers.
The government was notably silent.
Non-Muslim parents would have been charged and punished. So would the girl's 'husband'.
As all the players were Muslim however, the State looked the other way.