Personal Status Law of Muslims: It's Okay to Marry 10-Year-Olds

That's bad, but it's Sudan. A genocidal Muslim Brotherhood hellhole where burning down your village, raping everyone in sight and then setting fire to their corpses is how they say hello.

But lately there's been a bit of a focus on women's rights in Sudan. And, it turns out that they don't exist. Also marrying 10-year-olds is okay because it's in the Koran.

Amal is 11 years old and seeking a divorce.

The young Sudanese girl was in elementary school when a 38-year-old man asked for her hand in marriage.

Her father accepted the proposal, and Amal (not her real name) was immediately wed.

In Sudan, child marriage has been woven into the fabric of the country's culture, driven by tradition and poverty. More than a third of girls there are married before their 18th birthday, according to a 2017 UNICEF report, and 12% are wed before they reach 15. Under the country's 1991 Personal Status Law of Muslims, children can marry when they reach "maturity," which is only 10 years old. It's the lowest legal age of marriage in Africa.

Pre-teen bride Amal says she was repeatedly abused at the hands of her husband, who smoked cigarettes as he beat her.

"He treated me horribly," Amal said of her husband. "Then when the beatings became every day, I went to the police station."

A doctor who evaluated Amal's injuries at the station found evidence that she'd been tied up and assaulted.

At no point in the story is there any mention of the Koran, Islam or the age at which Mohammed married Aisha. Those are all crucial factors which is why they can't be discussed.

In the intervening years, Sudan's National Council for Child Welfare (NCCW) formulated a strategy for abandoning the practice, but the reform sparked counter-mobilization by conservative religious groups in the country and little has been done to implement it.

Which conservative religious groups would those be? Members of Sudan's notoriously aggressive Buddhist community? Its flourishing Jewish and Christian population?

The 11-year-old, who likes to play with dolls and has filled countless notebooks with poetry, is adamant on having her divorce finalized.

As soon as it is, she wants to get back to school, to be reunited with her friends.

It's a sad story. But it's the product of Islamic law. The legitimate age of marriage in Islam was set by Mohammed's pedophilia. And it can't just be altered. That's the ongoing problem that these campaigns continue to face. As long as Mohammed is the model, then the abuse of young girls like Amal will continue in his name.
 

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