Send your children abroad to marry strangers

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  1. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    This is the 21st Century, yet still thousands (estimates) of British girls are being tricked into marrying people their parents think will raise their status, protect their reputation if she is married off instead of 'sleeping around' or increase their bank balance.

    Apart from a lot of hand wringing and frowning by the Government, what actually are THEY doing about it? Seems to be the charities that do all the work and raise the alarm, otherwise this kind of story never makes it to the headlines.

    A spoon though? I would argue that by the time they've reached the airport x-ray machine they are already past the psychological point of no return.

    Women who fear being forced to marry abroad told to hide spoon in underwear | World news | The Guardian
  2. For doing that little trick guess what might happen?
  3. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Nothing much, as its not an offensive weapon.
  4. Not strangers, cousins.
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  5. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Sometimes. But frequently it is strangers. Heard about a 40 year age gap in one case.
  6. I didn't mean by officials, I meant relatives.
  7. But that's their culture and it would be wrong for one culture to impose it's own moralistic values upon another. All cultures are equal, so sayeth the mantra of multiculturalism.

    In the real world, the family are likely to beat the daughter to death, strangle her or cut her throat for besmirching the family "honour" if she pulled a stunt with a spoon at the airport.
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  8. Your are far more eloquent than me.
  9. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    wanna bet - good stabbing weapon in a spoon.
  10. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Your right of course. And that is the real problem. The shame, the embarrassment, oh, woe is us! It's ****ing pathetic really. They would subject their own flesh and blood to a potentially miserable existence for the sake of stone age practices that are, in most cases, regional and not required by tenets, text or books of religion. I believe the main man Mo even said that it should be a willing choice, but as with all 'word of mouth' dictates, the message gets warped and spun depending on who is telling it and where it is being told.

    I would say that the more Westernized the ethnic groups in question get by multiple British born generations, the less likely this sort of thing will happen. But there are more than enough converts, 'reverts'/born again conservative-religious practitioners' and new wave migrants coming in to keep the 'custom' going long into the future.
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  11. Wonder what the divorce rate is with arranged marriages?

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  12. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    it's got fcuk all to do with culture in this day and age it's purely financially motivated. I applaud the young ladies efforts to get themselves out of a life of rape and domestic slavery.

    OMG I've become germain greer.
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  13. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    "I'll cut your hear out with a spoon!"

    I will have to remember that the next time I'm eating a boiled egg with an unsharpened teaspoon.
  14. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    It's only rape if you have 3 independent (male) witnesses. In one particular religion anyway. If you are in a country that practices the Theocratic version of the 'good book'. Next to India. Which is why their jails are jammed chokka full of raped women. And if you are married to the poor lass, it's not rape as she is 'unable' to refuse your sexual advances at any time. Says that in the text too.
  15. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    an instant prison shank is a spoon, straight through the eyes or in the ears - nasty.

    Divorce rate amongst arranged marriages is very low I gather. there's lots of patios in bradford though.
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