Okay, before anyone asks why this is on Jihad Watch””after all, “arranged” marriages do not necessarily have anything to do with Islam””bear in mind that a Pakistani (read: Muslim) parent that is “conservative” enough to want to arrange a marriage for their daughter, is usually the same sort that takes Islam seriously. And even if this family in particular is not Muslim, although we learn below that “Piccola” does wear a headscarf, this story epitomizes the problem Muslim immigrants are posing in the West: they’re bringing their culture with them rather than accepting the cultural norms of their new home.
To Muslim immigrants who feel this way there is but one question: If you are so sincere about your faith and culture, why do you voluntarily relocate to the “immoral” and infidel West, where there is always a great risk your children will be “lured” into a state of debauched infidelity? Is prosperity, that primary stated motivation for relocating to the West, more important than your children’s moral/spiritual well-being?
“Pakistani girl who jumped from balcony ‘wants Italian citizenship,'” from AKI, July 3 (thanks to C.C.):
Alessandria, 3 July (AKI) – A 15-year-old Pakistani girl who jumped from a balcony in northern Italy after refusing an arranged marriage says she wants to become an Italian citizen.
“I no longer want to be Pakistani,” said the girl, named only as ‘Piccola’ by Turin-based daily La Stampa.
An investigation is being opened into Piccola’s desperate attempt to escape the future her parents planned for her – marriage to a teenage Pakistani cousin.
“They had agreed to marry me to my cousin, a 16-year-old who I don’t love,” she said.
Piccola is currently in hospital with a broken leg after leaping from her family’s balcony in the town of Alessandria.
Piccola, who has grown up in Italy, is said to be well integrated here. She wears western-style clothes as well as a headscarf and has Italian friends.