Father jailed over daughter’s ‘marriage’
A Muslim father in Australia who arranged for his 12-year-old daughter to marry and have sex with a paedophile has been jailed for at least six years.
According to this report, the girl become pregnant after the man, 63, whose identity cannot be disclosed, arranged for his daughter to marry a 26-year-old university student in an Islamic ceremony conducted by Pakistani imam Muhammad Riaz Tasawar, above, at the father’s home in the Hunter region of NSW.
The imam was arrested last year and fined A$500. He was the first person in NSW to be charged with the solemnisation of a marriage by an unauthorised person.
After the “marriage” the father encouraged the pair to consummate the marriage, and told his daughter not to use contraception or to let her new husband do so either.
A court heard that the father was concerned that, once his daughter began showing an interest in boys, there was a risk she would have sex outside marriage, which he believed was a sin under Islamic law.
He felt that a “solution” to this problem was for his daughter to get married so that she would not be living in sin if she had sex.
In sentencing the man yesterday, Judge Deborah Sweeney said:
When the child and the man returned to the offender’s home for the first time after being married, he made available to them a bedroom.
He removed the two single beds and left two single mattresses in the room. The two had sexual intercourse together twice during that weekend.
By this conduct, allowing them to stay in his house and stay in the same room, the offender made it more likely for them to have sexual intercourse.
About 18 months after the “marriage” the 12-year-old became pregnant. It was an ectopic pregnancy that resulted in a miscarriage.
The judge added:
His role was to protect her, not put her into a relationship where she was at risk of pregnancy at the age of 12. That this man thought his actions were justified by his religious faith does not excuse what he did.
The father was convicted on April 1 of “intentionally procuring a child under 14 for unlawful sexual activity” and for “inciting” and “encouraging” this activity to take place.
Judge Sweeney said:
A clear message must be sent to those who say that these matters are acceptable in the name of religious belief.
She sentenced the man to a maximum of eight years’ jail with a minimum non-parole period of six years.
With time served, the man will be eligible for parole in November 2020.
The girl’s “husband”, pictured above in police custody, was originally charged with 25 counts of sexual intercourse with an underage child.
He pleaded guilty to one count of persistent sexual abuse of a child.
In March this year he was sentenced to 10 years’ jail. He will be eligible for parole in August 2021 although he is likely to be deported on release.