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Austin Cline

More Muslim Men Buying Child Brides... for a Month

By April 24, 2013

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Not long ago I wrote about how old Saudi men are buying the young daughters of Syrian refugees as temporary brides - a form of prostitution forced on the Syrians by their civil war. This behavior is not limited to just Syria, though. There's a new report of Muslim men traveling to India to buy young girls for temporary marriages, too.

The latest information has been made public thanks to Nausheen Tobassum, a 17-year-old girl who was sold to her parens to a Sudanese man for $1,800. They promised that Nausheen would have sex with the man in exchange for the money, but she fled to the police. Her aunt, the Muslim "qazi" or judge (acting more like a pimp, here), and the man have all been arrested; her parents are in hiding and being sought.

The victim, Nausheen Tobassum, revealed the scale of the problem when she escaped from her home last month after her parents pressurised her to consummate a forced marriage to a middle aged Sudanese man who had paid around £1,200 for her to be his 'wife' for four weeks.

She told police she had been taken by her aunt to a hotel where she and three other teenage girls were introduced to a Sudanese oil company executive. The 'groom', Usama Ibrahim Mohammed, 44 and married with two children in Khartoum, later arrived at her home where a Qazi performed a wedding ceremony.

According to Inspector Vijay Kumar he had paid 100,000 Rupees (around £1,200) to the girl's aunt Mumtaz Begum, who in turn paid 70,000 Rupees to her parents, 5,000 Rupees to the Qazi, 5,000 Rupees to an Urdu translator and kept 20,000 Rupees herself. The wedding certificate came with a 'Talaknama' which fixed the terms of the divorce at the end of the groom's holiday.

"The next day he came to the house of the victim girl and asked her to participate in sex but she refused. She is a young girl and the groom is older than her father," Inspector Kumar told The Telegraph.

Her parents reassured him they would persuade their daughter and told her she would be punished if she did not. Instead she ran out of their tiny one room home in Hyderabad's Moghulpuri neighbourhood and was rescued by a police patrol. The police arrested the groom, the victim's aunt and the Qazi, and issued a warrant for her parents' arrest - Nausheen is a minor under Indian law and cannot marry until she reaches 18. Her parents are now in hiding but will be charged with arranging a child marriage, 'outraging the modesty' of a woman, and criminal conspiracy. ....

"I didn't know what was happening and I agreed in ignorance. They forced me. They changed my date of birth certificate and made a fake one, where I was shown as 24 years old. They exploit girls and that's why I went to police. I had to show courage to go to police against my parents. I don't want to go back to my home, I am scared," [Nausheen Tobassum] said.

Source: The Telegraph

Shiraz Amina Khan of Hyderabad's Women and Child Welfare Society has told reporters that around 15 of these prostitution marriages with children are created every month by visiting Muslim tourists and businessmen. The number keeps rising, too, because more and more Muslim men are hearing about how they can buy a child for a couple of weeks of sex with no strings attached - and there is so much poverty in Hyderabad that there are plenty of families willing to sell their daughters in order to eat.

Prostitution is forbidden in Islam, but temporary marriages are not. In principle, a short-term marriage has advantages. The creation of marriage contracts with specified termination dates has been proposed in the West more than once. I doubt, though, that whatever advantages such a system might have would actually be achievable unless both people involved have relatively equal power.

If one party enters the contract with vastly reduced power, then the temporary nature of it will probably make things worse for them - after all, the person starting with more power knows that they will get out of the contract soon with no penalties, unlike a permanent contract like marriage usually is. So while it's clear that these Muslim men are abusing the idea of a temporary marriage in all kinds of ways, the fact that the girls are coming to the contract with almost no power means that abuse is unavoidable.

Comments
April 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm
(1) Deucalion says:

Once again, just proving what I always said: Islam, and all of it’s adherents, should be destroyed by any means possible. Economically, militarily, culturally, all of it, every last bit of it. It’s a disgusting religion and I just don’t give a damn about inbred sub-intelligent Muslims anymore.

April 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm
(2) Dean J. Smith says:

It makes me want to cry.

April 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm
(3) Moe says:

For your information, Temporary Marriage is not allowed in Islam. so dont you stick people’s behavior to the religion. and do a better research. because the 1 billion muslims around the world just laugh at ignorant people like you.

April 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm
(4) Austin Cline says:

For your information, Temporary Marriage is not allowed in Islam.

Yes, it is. Nikah al-Mut’ah.

so dont you stick people’s behavior to the religion.

They are already. And they are right to do so.

and do a better research.

You mean, like you managed?

because the 1 billion muslims around the world just laugh at ignorant people like you.

Only if they are as ignorant about Islam as you are.

July 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm
(5) King says:

Temporary marriages are forbidden in islam, they’re are called “Mutah” and such marriages are HARAM. It’s a pity that people have so little knowledge about Islam.

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O people, I used to allow you to engage in mut’ah marriages, but now Allaah has forbidden that until the Day of Resurrection, so whoever has any wives in a mut’ah marriage, he should let her go and do not take anything of the (money) you have given them.”

September 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm
(6) s butt says:

saudi men are pigs.

January 8, 2014 at 6:06 am
(7) tom says:

I do not understand any of this? I cannot simply dismiss this as sexual depredation of minors. This actually needs to be clinically understood.
Is there a sociological component in this that the west is not informed about? Can the Islamic culture actually let this be a practice?
This isn’t the type of intercession of religion & sex than can be justified by modern monotheist peoples?

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