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Thursday, March 27, 2008 

Plague of forced Muslim marriages in Britain

While the native British population's own marriage rate declines, the Muslim rate rises, and along with it a severe case of forced marriages (via Hot Air):
The figures have triggered a public debate about religion, archaic family traditions and British identity. The government now estimates that 3,000 forced marriages take place in Britain per year.

Even Khanum doubts these numbers. In Luton alone, each year sees 300 calls to an emergency telephone line for victims of forced marriages. “We’re dealing with something here that happens in secrecy,” Khanum says. She estimates that there could be about 4,000 cases nationwide each year of children and young adults who are forced to marry and taken out of the country, both against their will.

The sociologist has found girls living like prisoners in their own families. Even girls who do extremely well in school and are preparing for university — are forced into marriage, some at 16 or younger. Khanum has examples of children who were promised enticing vacations in the countres their families came from. And then, right after they arrive, they are suddenly told that there will be no trip back because the groom is already waiting.

According to Khanum, the girls are usually cowed into submission by threats. They are warned that if they refuse to wed their arranged partner, the dishonor will force her parents to divorce, for example. Or that the mother will commit suicide. They are bribed with gifts and penalized with rape. Moreover, not all of the disappearing children are girls. In fact, 15 percent of all cases concern young boys forced into marriage.
According to Ed Morrissey, who wrote that topic featuring this article, it's got Britian questioning their multi-culti beliefs. I hope he's aware that signs so far only indicate this on paper. He's written very questionable things before, and I should hope that he's learned a little bit over the past year or so. But I'm not going to let down my guard on him if I suspect that he's doing anything even remotely apologist.

I'm not too surprised that even boys are victim to this forced marriage epidemic. Here's a Daily Mail story on the subject, that, while it doesn't use the word "Muslim" in it, it still does have a picture providing a clue.

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