Shouldn’t they be directing their wrath at this 35-year-old man who took advantage of their daughter, rather than at the poor girl? From the TimesOnline, with thanks to EPG and Kemaste:
THE parents of a 14-year-old Muslim girl, forced to leave the family home for having sex with a 35-year-old man, have told gardai they are disowning their child.
The girl, who is currently in care of the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA), was thrown out of her West Dublin home after she admitted to having sex with the man, whom she met through a mobile phone text-and-date service.
The teenager’s devout parents were so upset that they ordered her to leave home, even though, because of her age, she is the victim of statutory rape.
Last week gardai in Blanchardstown and childcare officials met the girl’s parents but could not convince them to take her back.
“They say what she has done goes against all their religious beliefs,” said a senior officer.
“It is not unusual for parents to throw their daughter out of the home in these circumstances,” said Leslie Carter, an Irish Muslim and a women’s officer for the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin.
“She has lost her virginity before marriage and that is a source of deep shame for any practising Muslim family. Chastity is fundamental in Islam. The shame of people knowing must be intolerable for them.
It depends on each family how they react, but for some, the disgrace of a daughter losing her virginity before marriage is just too much to bear.”
Detectives confirmed that the man at the centre of the rape allegation has admitted to having sex with the girl on more than one occasion.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, met the man in the car park of Cabra garda station after six months of text messages and phone calls. They met on four occasions before going to a well-known hotel to have sex.
“The man is from Co Galway,” said the officer. “It seems he became obsessed with this dating service and was seeing at least four women. He has admitted having sex with the girl, but is claiming he didn’t know she was underage. Obviously, ignorance of the law is no excuse.”