Feb 11 2014
DING! DING! DING! I knew it. The father of the 13-year-old Australian girl who married a Lebanese Muslim was a Muslim convert himself
When I first heard that the father had approved of the illegal union between his young daughter and a 26-year-old man, I figured he had to be a Muslim. Now, finally, it comes out that he is. He even allowed the couple to get married in his home. So why wasn’t the father also arrested?
Daily Telegraph (h/t Marina) Having converted to Islam about 18 years ago, Ahmad Chamma, the father of the 12-year-old girl at the centre of a child sex case following her “marriage” to a 26-year-old foreigner confessed his unhappiness at their union, but said “it was not my decision.” But the fifth-generation Australian man, who allowed the pair to be married by an imam in his home on January 12, now says he fears she is going to “die” from a broken heart. (Oh, Boo Hoo)
He also addressed public outrage on the case following the 26-year-old Lebanese man’s arrest on Thursday, saying he might “cop a little bit of abuse off people but I will have to cope with that”. “She was crying like I have never heard before, they were telling her she couldn’t see (the man) today or tomorrow or possibly forever,’’ he said. “She’s being restrained against her will in foster care.
“There’s nothing I can do at the moment, I’ve got the feeling she might die because she’s so hurt by all of this.” The pair met at a Hunter Valley mosque late last year after the 26-year-old came to Australia to study at a nearby university.
He approached the mosque about marrying the girl but the Newcastle Muslim Association president Bikash “Shahriar” Paul said he was turned away because it was illegal. He then approached the girl’s father who initially refused but agreed to let him come to his house to meet his daughter.
The girl’s father said his initial concerns were more religiously guided than the man’s or his daughter’s ages. However, he said the only way they could be in any type of relationship, let alone in the same room unchaperoned, under “my interpretation of the Koran” was if they were married.
“My daughter was not going to change her mind, I couldn’t talk her out of it,’’ he said. “Him being 26 was not a big concern to me because I was not marrying him. I was not happy with it but it was not my decision.” He said the couple moved to western Sydney after the marriage. He said they tried to enrol his daughter at a local high school but were told to go to Centrelink to ascertain her guardianship.