Iraqi Girls as Young as 9 Sold for 1-Hour-Long 'Pleasure Marriages' Under Islamic Law
Iraqi girls as young as 9-years-old are being sold for sex in temporary "pleasure marriages" that can last as little as one hour long, an undercover BBC documentary has revealed.
Shia clerics were filmed offering to perform temporary "pleasure marriages" under Islamic laws, allowing adult men to rape children without technically breaking Sharia law.
Men are usually banned from having sex outside marriage but can skirt the law by paying a dowry for an interim wife.
Speaking to an undercover reporter, one cleric was filmed claiming it would be "no problem at all" to temporarily marry girls as young as nine under Islamic law.
Although the practice is banned in Iraq, eight out of 10 Shia clerics who were approached were willing to carry it out.One of the clerics even offered to help procure young girls, the BBC News investigation found.Have your say - ⇓
One Shia cleric claims that it's 'no problem' to temporarily marry and rape a 9-year-old girl According to the Daily Mail, the religious rite dates back centuries, partly intended to allow men to have a legitimate relationship while away from their wives.
However, some Iraqi men and Shia clerics are now abusing it to give a veneer of legitimacy to child prostitution.
One cleric in Karbala, an important religious site in Iraq, told the undercover BBC journalist that girls as young as nine could be subject to the procedure. "According to Sharia, there's no problem," he said when asked if it was acceptable to conduct a temporary marriage with a young girl.
When the reporter voiced concern that he was exploiting the girl, the cleric told him: "No way."
Another cleric, also filmed secretly, was asked if a temporary marriage with a 13-year-old virgin would be permissible under Islamic law. "Just be careful she doesn't lose her virginity," the cleric replied, suggesting other forms of sexual interaction instead.
Asked what happens if the girl gets hurt, the cleric said: "That's between you and her."
Later in the documentary, that second cleric went even further and offered to help procure the girls as well as conducting the marriages.
Offering to take a photo of a girl and send it to the undercover client, he added: "Then when you come back, she's yours.
"That cleric also reassured the reporter that there was no child exploitation taking place. "She was willing and you paid her," he said.
The length of the marriage must be specified in advance and can be fixed at anything from one hour to 99 years.
Some girls said that clerics had provided them with contraceptive injections to ensure they did not become pregnant.
The practice is not permitted under Sunni Islam and was banned under Saddam Hussein's Sunni-led government.
However, the practice flourished in the wake of the 2003 invasion as Iraq's new government struggled to impose its authority on the country and Shia clerics grew in influence.
One girl said she could not even remember how many times she had been "married" and said she relied on the dowries for her income.
Young women also fear that losing their virginity in a temporary marriage will leave them unable to find a permanent husband in future.
One 14-year-old said she feared the consequences if a future husband found out that she was not a virgin. However, an Iraqi government spokesman said there was little that authorities could do if girls did not complain to the police.
"If women don't go to the police with their complaints against clerics, it's difficult for the authorities to act," they told the BBC.
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Islam is één groot feest. Lachen, plezier, en heerlijk eten. En het stopt niet als je sterft. Daarna kom je ( als man) terecht in een goddelijk bordeel waar maagden de gehele dag tot je dienst staan, je kan net zoveel wijn drinken als je zelf wilt, en daar wordt je niet dronken van.sjun schreef:Wat wordt er toch een prachtcultuur binnengehaald....
Iedereen wil toch lid van deze sekte worden?
The teenager married too many times to count
By Nawal al-Maghafi
A BBC investigation has uncovered a secret world of sexual exploitation of children and young women by religious figures.
Rusul woke to find herself alone. Her new husband had gone. The marriage had lasted just three hours.
It wasn't the teenager's first marriage. It wasn't even her second, third or fourth. In fact she's been married too many times for her to count.
Rusul's harrowing way of life was triggered by an encounter when she was at work.
She would watch as girls not much older than her in tight clothing and bright make-up came in to wait expectantly. Older men would soon come in to pick them up.
“They were such beautiful young girls, I couldn't understand why any girl would sell herself like this,” she says.
She herself was also vulnerable - estranged from her family and supporting her sister Rula.
But despite her hardships, she had made a promise to herself that she wouldn't depend on a man for survival. When men sneaked their number into her hand, she always ignored them.
One day, a man came in to her workplace and started chatting to Rusul. They talked about her past, about why she was working, rather than in school, and where she was from. She felt he actually cared.
Life had become increasingly tough for Rusul. Living in Baghdad on her meagre salary was a struggle.
Despite her initial vow to remain independent, she found herself dreaming of a husband - one who would take care of them both.
The man would come to her place of work every day to do what he could to grab her attention. Rusul gradually developed feelings for him.
After just a few weeks, he proposed. He took her to Kadhimiya in Baghdad. As they walked into a religious marriage office, Rusul felt a flutter of excitement.
The ceremony itself was brief - the cleric recited a few words, asked her whether she agreed with the $250 [£200] dowry she would receive and presented her with the contract. Rusul couldn’t read, but even if she could she might not have realised anything was amiss.
Within minutes of the cleric's blessing, her new husband had taken her to a nearby apartment in an apparent rush to consummate their marriage. Although Rusul was nervous, she was looking forward to finally having a proper home for her and her sister. She followed her husband into the bedroom and, as she closed the door behind her, prayed that this man would treat her well, that their life together would last.
And indeed the first few days seemed like a fairy tale to Rusul.
“I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Finally I didn't have to provide everything,” she says.
But after just a few weeks her husband disappeared.
Little did Rusul know that their marriage had an end-date before it had even begun. It was a special type of Islamic marriage - a “zawaj al-mutaa” or “pleasure marriage” - and that it was a way of allowing religiously approved sex. Hers had now expired.
She decided to visit the cleric who married them. She says he seemed to be expecting her.
Mutaa marriages are derived from pre-Islamic tradition in both Iran and Arabia. Today they are sanctioned by Shia clerics in Iraq and neighbouring Iran, where most Shia adhere to what is known as Twelver Shiism.
Experts say that under Shia Islam the object of such marriages is sexual enjoyment and not procreation, and that in previous centuries they took place mostly at pilgrimage sites and trade centres, where lonely men travelling long distances often sought company.
A mutaa marriage is subject to a contract that specifies its length and the amount of compensation given to the temporary wife. But the contract can just be verbal, and a cleric - though often present - is not necessary to validate it.
It can last from an hour to 99 years. The man is not obliged to provide daily maintenance and has the right to end the contract at any time.
Mutaa marriages are not permitted under Sunni Islam. But some Sunni clerics sanction alternative variants of marriage, such as “misyar”, which some experts say performs a similar function to mutaa marriage and has also been criticised as exploitative of women.
Supporters of mutaa marriages say they can be a positive move for couples who are aware of what they are doing. But their temporary form means they are also ripe for exploitation.
“This is something that is very widespread. There are many girls like me”
In the case of girls like Rusul, they essentially enable child abuse. They are also not recognised under Iraqi civil law. The criminal code states that any person who has sex outside of marriage with a girl or a woman could be punished with up to seven years’ imprisonment if she is between 15 and 18, or up to 10 years if she is under 15.
Rusul says the cleric now suggested she simply continue to enter into more mutaa marriages, arguing that she had no other choice given her difficulties.
He took photos of her.
Rusul knew she would struggle to survive for much longer on her salary, and that her lack of education afforded her little prospect of a better job. She also knew that the fact that she wasn't a virgin would make it difficult for her to find a man who wanted a permanent marriage.
“The cleric became a middle man, giving me work, and I had no choice but to follow that road,” she says.
She won't go into details about how much she earns, but says the cleric takes a fee from the client and then pays her the dowry. She says the length of her contracts have varied from a few hours to several weeks.
“When the Sheikh [cleric] calls up and says, 'I've found someone suitable for you,' I can't say no.”
Rusul has by now slept with dozens of men - so many that she has lost count - in the course of these mutaa marriages.
She says the cleric provides her with contraceptive injections to ensure she doesn't get pregnant.
“This is something that is very widespread. There are many girls like me.”
Is cultuur en komt eveneens mee met het diversiteitsideaal. Burgers kunnen zich eens gaan afvragen of zij hun eigen continent van leefbaar oord wel zo willen zien veranderen en of het niet eens tijd wordt om de grenzen stukken selectiever te gaan sluiten.
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