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Growing Cases of Forced Child Marriages in Pakistan

Society & Culture  (tags: children, abuse, corruption, culture, crime, family, freedoms, law, religion, society, police, violence, women )

- 2793 days ago -
Such marriages are culturally sanctioned, especially in Pakistani rural society, and are willingly solemnized by Islamic clerics who do not oppose the marriage of underage girls.


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Carola May (20)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 5:49 am
What century is this? How can modern advanced countries not use some pressure to change some of these abhorrent practices in the most backward ones? They give them lots of money. Can't they attach strings that these countries must abide by human rights for everyone, including the rights of children.

Yes, Pakistan has a law on the books raising the age of marriage but what they need is real liberal education that teaches science, human rights values of respect for women/girls, freedom of religion (Islam is taught as fact in state schools & non-Muslim kids are routinely bullied, pushed to convert & forced to endure Islamic propaganda), speech (Pakistan has a blasphemy law, as many Islamic countries do, that makes it death to criticize or question Islam or Mohammed - it is illegal even to tell the truth about Mohammed's debauchery written in Islamic history!), press, conscience etc. Gay people are killed under Sharia Law which is the law Pakistan operates under.

The UN has ranked Pakistan as the worst place in the world to be a woman, hard to believe it's worse than Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and a string of others, but that definitely puts paid to the lie of Pakistan's claims to be modern democratic state, but democracy doesn't guarantee freedom for all, just look at the 'democratically' elected government in Gaza and a lot of other 'so-called' democracies.

This is so awful. Those poor girls. And to read that their own flesh and blood parents could be so callous and unloving of their own child to sell them off to filthy, lustful older men, just turns my stomach. What a sad life these girls have. They aren't even raised with any love, obviously, or their parents would protect and treasure them.

Thanks for exposing this terrible practice to the world.

Jane Barton (966)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 6:05 am
Wow, they are just like the MORMON cult! Romney loves harems too! I didn't know they DID that any more! What a cute pic, are they sitting on a magic flying carpet??? That's so sweet! Romney loves multiple wives of underage girls too but I was wondering if I could marry a bunch of hot young guys? How are the laws on THAT? I don't want to go UNDERAGE though, no jail bait for me. If ROMNEY doesn't let me have a harem, I'm going to PAKISTAN as long as they let me drive and I don't have to walk four steps behind. ;) Do they marry close relatives like the Christian fundamentalist Republicans?? Christian Republicans like underage AND incest!! But I'm sure PAKISTAN isn't THAT backward! At least the Pakistanis don't believe in "magic panties",
I'll give them credit for THAT! Magic carpets are cool!! ;)

David C (29)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 6:31 am
Thanks for exposing this

Alexa R (319)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 7:46 am
Shariah Law MUST be eradicated ..

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 11:09 am
Pakistan is not the only country that allows underage marriage, most of the Muslim countries in the Middle East do so.

The girls have started to stand up for themselves but I'm not sure how far a 1 year old can go in standing against her parents. I have been trying to diseminate interest and information amongst people as as campaigning but it is difficult because no-one is really interested and they don't believe it.

Jane Barton (966)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 11:21 am
Do they still stone women in Pakistan? I know they still do in Afghanistan. Why is everybody so upset that these people allowing underage marriages? Romney's Mormon and the Mormon cult LOVES underage marriages. They have whole towns in Utah full of these people. "Magic panties" Romney is running for President. Why isn't anybody saying anything about THAT?

Alexa R (319)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 11:25 am
Gillian: "The girls have started to stand up for themselves but I'm not sure how far a 1 year old can go in standing against her parents. I have been trying to diseminate interest and information amongst people as as campaigning but it is difficult because no-one is really interested and they don't believe it. "

As you so rightly say Gillian, this is such an outrage and so foreign to Western thinking that not many people wish to believe it or hear about it .. perhaps many people feel if they choose not to believe it, then somehow it doesn't happen ..

But the truth is that under Shariah Law(against Pakistani law) such marriages are willingly solemnized by Islamic clerics(the spiritual leaders and experts of Islam and Shariah Law) who do not oppose the marriage of underage girls.

Alexa R (319)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 11:56 am
Jane B. if you share with me the link to your news item about Romney and underaged marriage, I will make a fuss for you on your news item too.

. (7)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 4:16 pm
This is also a problem in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries where older men have a lot of money and females have no status and little worth save being baby incubators and built-in housekeepers. I just hope these guys can't get Viagra, but fat chance of them not having access to anything on the market (except if it were a bible).

Anis Kureshi (49)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 6:53 pm
Developed countries are not interested this type of matters they are interested only how can they sold weapons which country is available to invasion. No doubt this is a big problem here it's all happening due to feudalism, our rulers are doing much more even no body can think "every crime" very sad..........

monica r (41)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 9:54 pm
I have a problem being tolerant of a religion/culture where this is done.

At what point do we stop tolerating the intolerable?

monica r (41)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 9:56 pm
Also, 1 in 38 die giving birth because of this. They are too little to keep popping out babies!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 10:49 pm
How do you bring countries like this into the modern day world? Their cultures are so ingrained - no amount of 'scrubbing' will bring about change easily. Thanks R and J.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday October 26, 2011, 12:03 am

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Wednesday October 26, 2011, 12:59 am
This is so pathetic!! And then you have Hotels in the states here that refuse Anti Sharia Law groups to have their meetings there because they are afraid it will interrupt business!!!!! Forget about the fact that Sharia Law could possible try and take over this country..their business is more important! The devil has gotten a hold of so many minds in this country and the world it is sickening!! No morals at all!!! Maddening is more like it!

Kristen H (25)
Wednesday October 26, 2011, 5:50 am
There is no justification for this legalized child abuse. Why we are still so mysoginistic in this world, is beyond me. How can you hate the womb that gives life? Without women, there would be no more men.

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday October 26, 2011, 7:23 am
Too soon to star you again Kristen!

Beth S (330)
Wednesday October 26, 2011, 7:24 pm
Those poor girls. They are Islam's victims too.
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