Thursday, 16 August 2012
A judge has said the forced marriage of a Muslim woman with learning difficulties should be annulled and condemned the “insulated” families who arrange them.

Mrs Justice Parker also criticised doctors and social workers for failing to raise the alarm when the woman was sent to Bangladesh to be married to a cousin, which allowed him to settle in England.

She said video of the wedding ceremony showed the bride was “almost comatose” and needed help to repeat vows she did not understand, while her relatives had made “false and misleading” statements about her condition.

And the judge brushed aside claims by the woman’s parents that having her marriage annulled would bring shame upon their family, in a case that was even considered at by the Government’s most senior lawyer, the Attorney General.

Mrs Justice Parker said that forcing marriage on someone who lacks mental capacity is a “gross interference” with their dignity and autonomy, particularly as it means having sex and possibly becoming pregnant without being able to consent.

...The judge said the woman lived in a “very traditional family” in a “close-knit community” that was not integrated with other Bengalis in the area.

“Her parents are very largely insulated from mainstream English society and are mistrustful of non-Bengalis. They do not communicate well in English: her mother understands and speaks almost none. They are devout Muslims.”

The judge said DD was a “loved and valued member of her family and that her parents are devoted to her”, and that in their culture it is seen as parents’ duty to arrange marriages and find spouses for disabled children.

Her mother, father and husband “begged” the judge not to quash the marriage as “there would be considerable stigma in Bangladesh for them”.
Source: Telegraph


daithikent said...

Perhaps this is why there does not seem to be many of them with LD's in care. The families are exploiting their vulnerability, really obscene. Sterilisation seems a more attractive option than having their issue forced into more abuse.

Anonymous said...

New counterjihad blog has some really good points. I think it falls in line with your criticism of human rights.

BunBun4life said...


For god's sake, they might actually procreate, can you image? I'm not sure any of the spawn would even be 'compatible with life' based on many genetic mutant babies I've amassed pictures of from consanguineous families in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Something that looks like 'Slimer' from Ghostbusters, LITERALLY. 3rd generation consanguinity is all the rage.

Anonymous said...

Islam... LOL

Anonymous said...

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