UK legitimizing “terrible abuse”: Nearly 2000 child brides in five years

Here is another indication of why this decision by the European Court of Human Rights was so misguided. The UK has gradually ushered in Sharia law, severe abuses included:

Nearly 2,000 young people in Britain, the vast majority of them girls, were wed before the age of 18 between 2010 and 2015

The UK also has 100 Sharia courts, which are running outside the reach of British law. These courts have already seen a sentence handed down approving of honor killing, and another ordered a traumatized woman to return to her abusive rapist husband.

Sharia abuses also include the rape of infidel girls and their use as sex slaves, a sickening phenomenon manifested in the UK Muslim rape gang crisis.

“Child marriage survivors say UK law legitimises ‘terrible’ abuse,” by Emma Batha, Reuters, October 23, 2018:

LONDON, Oct 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Zee was 13, she returned from school one day to find an engagement party under way at her home in northern England, but her excitement at the celebrations quickly turned to shock.

“I asked my mum who’s getting married. She said, ‘It’s you’,” Zee told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Her betrothed was represented by a photo – an older cousin she had never met who lived in Afghanistan, her parents’ country of birth.

“One day I’m not even allowed to talk to boys and the next I’m told I’m getting married,” Zee said.

“I was dressed up to look like a Christmas tree – very sparkly, very bling. Everyone was happy. The only person who was miserable was me.”

Child marriage – defined internationally as marriage under 18 – remains legal in Britain. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, teenagers can wed at 16 with parental consent. In Scotland, they do not need consent.

Zee, who did not want to give her full name, escaped by running away from home, but she says many girls are still being pushed into marriage.

Campaigners say it is time that Britain – which has been vocal about ending child marriage in developing countries – got its own laws in order.

They were particularly dismayed when Bangladesh changed its law recently to allow marriage at 16 – and cited British law as a justification.

“The UK should practice what it preaches,” said Mabel van Oranje, chairwoman of global advocacy group Girls Not Brides.

“Britain’s delay in reforming its own marriage laws is increasingly counterproductive.”…

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