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Islam’s child brides: girls young enough to be in pre-school who are married off to older men


The United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wants to end child marriages? Then she needs to sit down for a looong discussion with her Arab employer in the White House. How can Clinton end child marriages when the EU and UN keep screaming all the time that Islamic practices are the ‘human rights’ for all Muslims? If Islamic law is the human rights for Muslims, then aggravated assault and murder is the human rights for criminals. Child marriages is one of the many laws endorsed by Muhammad and the “religious right” of every Muslim man. 
If Muslim pressured blasphemy laws are enforced by the EU and UN, neither Hillary Clinton, Amnesty International or anyone else will ever be able to fight to end child marriages. If Islam continues to be categorized as a religion and not the totalitarian political ideology it truly is, no one in the Western world can end child marriages, legalized rape, jihad, murder, sodomy, and other practices which are the part and parcel of Islamic “faith”. To end these practices means that Islamic law itself would have to be banned or invalidated (which it should be).  

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The terrifying world of child brides: Devastating images show girls young enough to be in pre-school who are married off to older men

By Snejana Farberov

At age 11, Ghulam was married off to 40-year-old Jaiz in a rural Afghan village, making her only one of more than 10 million young girls who are being forced to wed men old enough to be their fathers or grandfather every year.

In an effort to start a global conversation about the devastating effects of early marriages, which are currently practiced in more than 50 developing countries, the United Nations designated October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child this year.

To mark the occasion and draw attention to the problem of child brides, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair teamed up with National Geographic to create  a series of heart-braking photos depicting girls as young as five years old being married off to middle-aged men in countries like India, Yemen and Ethiopia.

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Disturbing: Faiz, 40 (left), and Ghulam (right), 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Damarda Village, Afghanistan on September 11, 2005Disturbing: Faiz, 40 (left), and Ghulam (right), 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Damarda Village, Afghanistan on September 11, 2005
Minors: Tahani (front), 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada (rear), 8, and her husband outside their home in Hajjah, YemenMinors: Tahani (front), 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada (rear), 8, and her husband outside their home in Hajjah, Yemen
Sarita, 15-years-old, is seen covered in tears and sweat before she is sent to her new home with her new groom in Rajasthan, India
Sumeena Shreshta Balami, 15, leaves her home to meet her groom, Prakash Balami, 16, in Kagati Village, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Voiceless: Sumeena Shreshta Balami, right, 15, leaves her home to meet her groom, Prakash Balami, 16, in Kagati Village in Nepal, while Sarita, left, 15, is seen covered in tears and sweat before she is sent to her new home in Rajasthan, India

Vulnerable: Young girls sit inside a home outside of Al Hudaydah, Yemen, in 2010Vulnerable: Young girls sit inside a home outside of Al Hudaydah, Yemen, in 2010.
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Although child marriage is against the law in many countries, and international treaties forbid the practice, it is estimates that about 51 million girls below age 18 are currently married, often under the cover of darkness and in secret. In Afghanistan alone, it is believed that approximately 57 per cent of girls wed before the legal age of 16.

Various factors drive parents of child brides to marry off their daughters, from the community’s pressure to confirm to age-old cultural customs to economic considerations. In poor, developing nations, it is not uncommon for families to settle debts by offering their daughters as payment.

Beside India, where girls are usually wed to boys who are only a couple of years their senior, the husbands may be decades older than their prepubescent betrothed. It is not uncommon for men to kidnap girls and rape them first before trying the knot.

Opulent: Priest Addisu Abebe, 23, and his new bride Destaye Amare, 11, are married in a traditional Ethiopian Orthodox wedding in the rural areas outside the city of Gondar, Ethiopia Opulent: Priest Addisu Abebe, 23, and his new bride Destaye Amare, 11, are married in a traditional Ethiopian Orthodox wedding in the rural areas outside the city of Gondar, Ethiopia
Shocking: Portrait of Said, 55, and Roshan, 8, on the day of their engagement, AfghanistanShocking: Portrait of Said, 55, and Roshan, 8, on the day of their engagement, Afghanistan (She is too young to even understand what she is being handed!)
Child mothers: Asia, a 14-year-old mother, washes her new baby girl at home in Hajjah while her two-year-old daughter playsChild mothers: Asia, a 14-year-old mother, washes her new baby girl at home in Hajjah while her two-year-old daughter plays
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Since 2003, Sinclair has been traveling to remote corners of the world in countries like Nepal and Yemen to document weddings of child brides and their transformation into young mothers in the hope of giving them a voice and raising awareness of the problem.

Experts agree that early marriage denies the girls education and robs them of their childhood because most young wives, burdened by grownup responsibilities, do not get a chance to interact with their peers or carry on friendships outside the household.

Ghulam, the 11-year-old bride from Afghanistan who was married off in 2005, was forced to drop out of school, giving up on her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Parents often remove their daughters from school even before they are engaged to limit their interactions with boys.

In many cases, the girls are lorded over by their husbands and in-laws, leaving them vulnerable to domestic violence as well as physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

Underage wives who are lucky enough to escape from their husbands end up living in poverty, or worse. Some girls turn to prostitution to earn a meager income and enter brothels, where they are subjected to horrific abuse.

Seven month pregnant Debritu, 14, escaped from her husband after months of abuse
Nujood Ali was ten when she fled her abusive, much older husband and took a taxi to the courthouse in Sanaa, Yemen

Fearless: Nujood Ali, right, was ten when she fled her abusive, much older husband and took a taxi to the courthouse in Sanaa, Yemen, while, Debritu, right, 14, escaped from her husband while seven month pregnant

Gruesome: Police woman Malalai Kakar (back right) arrests Janan, 35, after he tried to kill his 15-year-old wife Jamila for angering him by fleeing her home to stay with her mother following years of abuse Gruesome: Police woman Malalai Kakar (back right) arrests Janan, 35, after he tried to kill his 15-year-old wife Jamila for angering him by fleeing her home to stay with her mother following years of abuse
Rock bottom: A young prostitute named China sits stunned after being beat up by a man visiting Kabele Five in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia Rock bottom: A young prostitute named China sits stunned after being beat up by a man visiting Kabele Five in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Most girls who enter early marriages are expected to get pregnant right away, which often leads to tragedy for both the mothers, who are still children themselves, and their babies.

Adolescent wives are more likely to have obstructed labor because their bodies have not fully developed yet. Statistics show that pregnancy death for child brides is double that of women in the 20s, according to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

One doctor based in the Yemeni capital Sanaa listed some of the medical consequences of forcing girls into sex and childbirth before they are physically mature – ripped vaginal walls and internal ruptures called fistulas which can lead to life-long incontinence.

Girls are often too young to understand the concept of reproduction. The doctor said: ‘The nurses start by asking, “Do you know what’s happening?” “Do you understand that this is a baby that has been growing inside of you?”‘

Unless international organizations take steps to reverse the troubling trend, it is estimated that over the next decade, 100 million more girls—or about 25,000 girls a day—will marry before they turn 18.

To learn more about the campaign to end the practice of early marriages, go to Too Young To Wed.

Tradition: Ghulam, 11, says a prayer with male family members to cement her engagement to Faiz, 40Tradition: Ghulam, 11, says a prayer with male family members to cement her engagement to Faiz, 40
New family: Maya, 8, and Kishore, 13, pose for a wedding photo inside their new home the day after the Hindu holy day of Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, in Rajasthan, India New family: Maya, 8, and Kishore, 13, pose for a wedding photo inside their new home the day after the Hindu holy day of Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, in Rajasthan, India
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7 thoughts on “Islam’s child brides: girls young enough to be in pre-school who are married off to older men

  1. Your blog really shows the need for this to be a more publicised issue! I have a similar blog on young brides, for my university degree if you could have a look and leave some comments? ‘Girls not Brides’ thank you

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  2. At what age is a person capable of making an informed decision about whether or not to engage in sex? 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18? Over the last 50 years in the United States, all have been the law in various states within the past 50 years.

    In the past 100 years the age of consent in US states has gone from most states having an age of consent of 10 (with exceptions) to most states having an age of consent of 16 (with exceptions).
    Exception: Marriage which nullified any age of consent law.
    Exception: Chaste Character nullified any age of consent laws allowing any age to have sex if the girl was already not a virgin or was arbitrarily not considered of chaste character despite having been a virgin which usually applied to prostitutes or children of prostitutes. The virginity portion the thought was that once someone had sex there was no legal reason to stop them from having sex again as long as they consented to it. These laws were not revoked until 1998 in some areas.

    50 years ago the state of Delawares age of consent was 7. It was raised in the mid 1960s. During this same time period there was a legal movement by the American Law Institute to lower all states back down to 10 as they considered the new federal age of 16 to be an overreach that infringed on states rights, and was against the will of the majority as both the age of consent laws and prohibition laws were passed by small special interest groups who were very outspoken and lobbied congress directly not by a vote of the people.

    The age of legal culpability is 7. That’s when you can be arrested, imprisoned, and forced to register as a sex offender. 7 throughout the US (the youngest life sentence in the US was 10).

    The age of normal puberty begins at 7. Precocious puberty is 6 or earlier and can be at only a few months which is why the youngest mom was 4 when she got pregnant. The average age of puberty is also dropping as in some areas a full 25% of girls have menses and breast growth before reaching age 8. In all areas the majority of girls have reached puberty by 10 (girls are used as the example because in almost all legal cases girls are considered the victim despite the fact they mature at a rate 2-4 years ahead of boys until their early twenties when boys catch up.).

    Currently in the United States the laws vary widely from state to state with most being 16, some being 17, and some being 18. The age of pornography and prostitution however are all set at 18 across the board. Due to the extreme variance in protections provided to teenage couples and the disparity between the age of consent, the age of puberty, and the age of pornography, it has caused not only thousands of people to go to prison and forced to register as sex offenders for life over consensual relationships but it has also caused thousands of children and teens to go to prison and be forced to register as sex offenders for as minor of a crime as taking a racy clothed photo of themselves as lewdity laws do not require nudity. Nudity can in fact be legal while a clothed photo can be illegal as the judgement for lewd photos is based on the visual intent and focus of the photo.

    In the Christian/Jewish bible the age of sexual suitability is 3 years and 1 day old as stated by God directly to Moses in Deuteronomy and Numbers and further supported by Talmud law clarifying it was correct and legal and not a misinterpretation or out of context.

    In Koran/Hadith it is legal to marry any age girl even a 1 year old infant but they are not considered suitable for penetrative sex until they reach puberty. Mohammed himself and many other Muslims practice/d the act of “thighing” which is placing your penis against a girls vagina and squeezing her thighs around it in order to simulate penetrative sex without any actual penetration. This has been upheld numerous times by Muslim leaders as an acceptable thing to do with your wife until she is old enough for actual sex.

    In Hindu texts the age of sexual suitability is stated as 4 year old.

    What are you views on the modern western age of consent? Should it be raised to 21 like some countries? Lowered to 10 like it was? Removed entirely and replaced with a more scientific measure? Should it match across the board so consent, pornography, and prostitution are all equal to avoid the current issues of children being arrested?

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