More Islamic 'Marriage' Practices
On Friday, I wrote Wife as Slave? about how women are perceived as nothing but sexual beings that only exist to please a man's desires. It examines Islamic belief in the relationship between husband and wife. It did not go into full detail about some of the other aspects of Islamic marriages.
Daniel Pipes had written about 'marriages' on Friday as well. His article Arabian Sex Tourism appeared on Front Page Magazine.
It describes what amounts to an illicit sex trade in which wealthy Muslim men from the Arab Gulf States abuse young Muslim girls, 13 - 16 years old, in poor countries such as India. These girls, usually virgins, are 'married' off to these men and then are divorced by the men. Sometimes the arrangements for the marriage and the divorce are made before the same Islamic judge and the 'marriages' are usually dissolved the day after the debauchery occurs.
The Arabs usually "marry" the girls for short periods, sometimes just a single night. In fact, Wajihuddin reports, marriage and divorce formalities are often prepared at the same time, thereby expediting the process for all involved. Akhileshwari notes that "their girl children are available for as little as 5,000 rupees to satisfy the lust of doddering old Arab men." Five thousand rupees, by the way, equals just a bit over US$100.
Islam, the self-vaunted protector of women's rights!! By using the current rules of marriage in Islam, the same rules which many Muslims hold up and say, "Hey, we were the first to grant women property rights", is being used to prostitute young girls. For that is what it is, prostitution. Under Islamic law a man can have up to 4 wives at a time and some of the men who go to those poorer countries, arrange to 'marry' more than one girl. It is not condemned. One official in the article made the outrageous statement that it helps out the poor girls families. No official seemed concerned about the morality of it all. Sham 'marriage' in order for 'doddering old men' to enjoy their lusts. Islam, the protector of women's rights!! What a laugh.