Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting

Neither forced marriage or female genital mutilation is acceptable in Australia.  The approach for several years has been education and this is important. It is however equally important that we support young women who endure these practices.  A few gaol sentences will make it clear that these practices will not be tolerated. The Imam who married the under age young woman has been sacked by his Mosque and the Islamic Council of Victoria has released a statement condemning forced marriage.The 34 year old man who married the young woman is in gaol charged with penetration of an under 16 year old.  Charges should be brought against the Imam.
The current situation with both these practices suggests we have not learnt as much as we should from the Catholic Churches treatment of child sexual abuse.

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