Dec 10 2011
Some young Muslim girls tell of being forced to marry their rapist. Many more are forced to marry their first cousins. If they refuse, they stand a good chance of being honor-killed by their own family.
Vibeplus No matter that the legal age of consent in New Zealand for marriage is 16 with parent approval, 21 without. Muslims feel they are above man-made law and only must answer to the laws of Allah, where marrying a one-year old infant is legal.
Young Muslim girls in New Zealand are being forced into marriage as young as 12 years old. This is within the Muslim society and although the leaders said they don’t know of it happening ,interviews with young girls and with those who have helped them escape from these forced and often cruel and violent marriages, prove otherwise. The weddings themselves are huge community celebrations so they are hard to deny.
Even though they are not legally viable in New Zealand, they are fully accepted and enforced within the religious community and it’s not uncommon for these girls to have two or three children before they reach the age of 16.
Informed consent is not there, although the girls do agree to the marriage, how could they refuse? They have no escape and those that managed to get away tell of going into hiding with their children always fearful of being found and returned to their husband or family. They tell of violence and control, of not being allowed to attend school (yes these girls are still required by New Zealand law to be in school), not allowed to see their friends and more.