CHILD BRIDE’S OF AUSTRALIA. Yes, it is happening here!


Shame of our child brides: Court hears how woman was raped and beaten as it’s revealed hundreds are forced into arranged and unregistered marriages across NSW



FEBRUARY 12, 2014 1:56PM


Abuse of woman, now 25, revealed in court

Father told her she’d leave marriage ‘in a coffin’

Wasn’t allowed to go to school or watch TV

Husband wanted her to become ‘soldier of Islam’

Hundreds more child brides are living in NSW

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl was forced into an Islamic marriage with a western Sydney drug gang member who raped and beat her and later physically abused their daughter.

Details of the now 25-year old victim’s ordeal surfaced in the Federal Circuit Court where the victim was fighting to have the man banned from seeing their daughter.

So appalling was the woman’s life of abuse, which included claims that her father told her she could only leave her marriage “in a coffin”, that Judge Joseph Harman made an unprecedented public appeal in his judgment for authorities to act.


The story came to light after the Daily Telegraph reported the arrest of a man who had been living with a 12-year-old as his wife in Sydney.                            (Story to follow)


“Upon publication of these reasons and should any agency wish to investigate matters … they are in a position to make application to the court for leave to inspect the file and obtain material,” he said.

 That would include the child dispute conference memo in which an admission is made by the father in the following terms: “The father admitted that he knew at the time of the Islamic marriage to the mother that she was 14 years of age.”

 This Sydney woman spoke out last year after being married off as a child bride.

The memo noted the man said he was 18 at the time, but the victim claimed he was 21.

 “The mother alleged that the father had sexually assaulted her after they were married, which the father denied,” said Judge Harman.

 It was also alleged the man, who has a string of violence convictions, stopped the victim from attending high school or watching television, and wanted her to become a “soldier of Islam”, forcing her to watch snuff DVDs of people being brutally slaughtered.

 When she complained to her parents about the rapes and violence, her father threatened to disown her. “So what if he raped you? So what if he bashed you?” the father said, according to court documents.

The only way you can come back to me is in a coffin to pray on you.”

The girl also told a teacher at her high school about both her underage marriage and the abuse, but no action was taken.

 It is believed no authority has asked to inspect the file since Judge Harman’s appeal, leading to fears both the victim’s family and her “husband” could escape punishment.

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