Thursday, August 21, 2008

One minor girl, many Arabs

They are old predators with new vigour. Often bearded, invariably in flowing robes and expensive turbans. The rich, middle-aged Arabs increasingly stalk the deprived streets of Hyderabad like medieval monarchs would stalk their harems in days that we wrongly think are history. These Viagra enabled Arabs are perpetrating a blatant crime under the veneer of nikaah, the Islamic rules of marriage. Misusing the sanctioned provision which allows a Muslim man to have four wives at a time, many old Arabs are not just marrying minors in Hyderabad, but marrying more than one minor in a single sitting.

"The Arabs prefer teenage, virgin brides," says Jameela Nishat, who counsels and sensitises young women against the malaise. Two of her volunteers, Shahida Yasmeen and Tasneem Sultana, in their early twenties experienced the trauma of being scanned by an old Arab. A few months ago, they accompanied an undercover television reporter who was following these sham marriages. They reached a home where half a dozen other prospective brides were gathered. "It resembled a brothel. The girls were paraded before the Arab who would lift the girls’ burqa, run his fingers through their hair, gaze at their figures and converse through an interpreter," says Yasmeen recalling the day.

Most girls inspected by the Arab were minors, and forced by a complex union of their parents and Islamic clerics to yield to the preliminary probes of the Arab.

Curiously, the high priests of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the fatwa brigade of Darul Uloom Deoband, who are gearing up to defend the legality of Islamic Courts in the Supreme Court, seem to have shut their eyes to this phenomenon that is aided and abetted by Hyderabad's Qazis or clerics.
To read more go to The Times of India


  1. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Dear blogger, The understandable fact is you dont have to be a muslim..and if you have anything against govt cos u might not get citizrnship then deal with that problem..if you dont want to be a muslim, dont b....! You dont have to attack on a seem to have an obsesion regarding this..No religons morals would allow another religon to be degraded..thats for sure..Obsesed is the word..You seem to be taking out your frustrations...and some sort of hatred, jealousy and envy inside you...

  2. Anonymous9:16 AM

  3. anonymous,
    posting some of your Hadiths, a news item from Times of India, some more Hadiths, a news item about marriage in Saudi Arabia, news item about Olympics and terror suspects, quoting a muslim cleric..etc etc
    How do these things become an attack on a religion? It is information.
    I am not making anything up. Go check your Koran and Hadith.
    If you are ashamed of reading your own texts and news items about your Ummah I cannot help that.

    Your dilemma is one the one hand you know that 54 yr old man doing things with a 6 yr old child is wrong. On the other hand you have been taught to love and admire this man and that he can do no wrong.
    Take a stand.
    Don't give me that morals B$@%%T.. What you are doing is objecting to my postings about immoral things.

  4. Anonymous9:49 AM

    How can it not be degrading a religon ..the language, the message behind, lacks decency

  5. Anonymous10:22 AM

    Why dont you take a stand...If you want to leave Islam, leave it behind, dont let it become your negative obsession...hehe..

  6. In what kind of language do you want me to write about 30 innocent woemn and children being being blown up or 70 year old Viagra fuelled Arabs shopping for children in Hyderabad?
    If pointing out that BA Naseem wants to remove the minimum age for marriage or that a revered Maldivian mullah is calling for the killing of those who leave Islam is lacking in decency or degrading a religion then you need to get your head examined.
    You want me to sugar coat vile and disgusting actions because they are committed by people of your Ummah in the name of your Allah?
    People like you give Islam a bad name - by trying to hide the filth and perversions done in the name of your Allah. And your actions allow these people to continue.
    It is not me you should be going after. Go after the people who are doing these things.
    Are you trying to defend perversions and inhuman practises? Then don't be shy - come out and say it.
    Dont accuse me of vague things like "the language, the message behind, lacks decency"

  7. Maumoon12:17 PM

    Ooh I like the responding-DhivehiResistance.

    Very nice, sir!

    A large majority of us are brought up with the mindset that Islam cannot be wrong. Never! And so we do not think otherwise for even a split-second. You can see a perfect example of that in anonymous comments up above.

    And for people up above like anonymous's, the guy(s) at this blog are stating what they believed to be facts. Go ahead and find out the factual accuracy without refuting instantly with a set of hadith and verses while in the mindset of "my religion can never be wrong". Heck they aren't even asking you to convert to chiristianity (oh well may be except that Dhivehi Chrisitian guy. But thats fine too since Muslims are doing that as well).

    Dont get pissed off when someone criticise your religion and point out the things some followers of your religion do under its name. Like it or not, people do blow up places, marry 8 year olds, physically abuse minors, take away lives. And when someone points it out, try not to deviate from the real issue by diverting to the tone of language they use.

    Why cannot you accept there is something wrong either with your religion or how you interpret it, for we do not find inidividuals blowing up in that same proportion by followers other religion. Surely SOMETHING is not right?

  8. Anonymous12:35 PM

    hehe....can you show us the right religon then..pleaseeeeeee!

  9. Anonymous12:36 PM

    why dont you guys join some human rights much concern for the mankind huh?

  10. Anonymous1:09 PM

    why dont you give factual proof of the right religon without taking some stuff from internet and pasting it here....and if you guys are athiests why dont you try to prove there is no your own words......What is it you are implying here? That Islam is wrong? If so balance your articles by showing what is right as well...Be sensible

  11. Dhivehi Christian6:48 PM

    Maumoon said:

    "Heck they aren't even asking you to convert to chiristianity (oh well may be except that Dhivehi Chrisitian guy. But thats fine too since Muslims are doing that as well)"

    No I have never used my comments in this blog to ask anyone to convert to Christianity. For the record, I never will.

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