A video posted on Support Israel.com shows a father pleading to keep his 6 year old daughter from being married to an elderly man. The caption reads,
“The parents of a 6-year-old girl in Pakistan’s Swat Valley say tribal authorities are forcing them to marry off their daughter to resolve a family feud. The parents and uncle of the girl, Bibi Roza, told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that they have been pleading with local authorities to allow them to keep her at home.”
This may seem outrageous to the civilized world, but child marriage and rape of underage children isn’t uncommon with many devout Muslims. In fact, Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage.
Pedophilic Islamic marriages are most prevalent in Pakistan and Afghanistan, followed by other countries in the Middle East and Bangladesh. In Afghanistan, despite the law against child brides, more than half of all girls are married before they turn 15, usually to settle disputes.
A Unicef study from 2000 to 2008 found that more than 43 per cent of women in Afghanistan were married under age, some before puberty.
Mohammad Ali Isfenani, the chairman for Iranian parliament’s legal affairs committee, has even openly stated:
“As some people may not comply with our current Islamic legal system, we must regard 9 as being the appropriate age for a girl to have reached puberty and qualified to get married. To do otherwise would be to contradict and challenge Islamic Sharia law.”
Under Sharia, there is no protection for the age of consent within marriage, these young girls have no means and no rights to protect themselves against unwanted sex or pregnancy. Many of these helpless girls die of painful childbirth when they are as young as 14.
Welcome to the peaceful religion of Islam.