Tuesday, May 08, 2007

A heart-warming tale?

Apparently, the Home Office has saved an 11-year-old girl from a forced marriage in Bangladesh.
An 11-year-old girl has been rescued from a forced marriage, the Home Office has said.

Minister Baroness Scotland said the girl, who was born in Britain, was taken to Bangladesh at the age of six to care for her disabled mother.

At 11, she was forced into marriage but her aunt in the UK reported the case to authorities who brought her back to Britain and put her in foster care.

"Foster care"? Given the stunning levels of achievement of those that our government cares for, isn't this a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire...?

Still, good news generally. Nice to see that some of our officials have some spines...
Baroness Scotland said: "Forced marriage is terrible for those women, children and men who find themselves in an often violent and abusive situation against their will.

"It's something that should not be happening in the modern world - it's not a respected cultural or religious tradition.

"Neither does it have anything to do with honour - there can be no honour in a marriage based on force and hostility."

Quite, and we should not tolerate, in this country, any culture that deems it to be so.

8 comments:

james higham said...

No argument there.

Justin said...

"Foster care"? Given the stunning levels of achievement of those that our government cares for, isn't this a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire...?

Given that foster care is not government care but that given by fully vetted and usually trained members of the public, it generally isn't a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire. Choose better sticks to beat the government with, eh?

Devil's Kitchen said...

Very good point there, Justin. Shall correct in a second...

DK

BaldockBaldrick said...

At least the Home Office has done something properly for once.
How long will be before they export her back to Bangladesh?

Justin said...

Cheers, DK. I know a few foster carers and members of the monolithic edifice of government waste and incompetence they ain't.

haddock said...

things don't add up with this one... a 6yo taken back to care for her mother ? A 6yo in England, her mother in Bangladesh, who was the child living with here ? Mother gone back to Bangladesh ? not likely if she was disabled, given that the NHS is shite it must be better than Bangladesh; also benefits would have been a nice earner. Does not add up, unless of course the child is one of a great many smuggled in illegally 'for a better life' at the taxpayers expense.

Roger Thornhill said...

There might be more to this as haddock (the same?) says.

I also second the final line - cultures that are barbaric or have barbaric aspects should be robustly criticised, not pussy-footed around with to indulge their utterly false sense of (but if the self-loathers have their day, in practice) superiority.

verity said...

Baroness Scotland, pursuing, as ever, NuLab's one-worlder thought fascism without regard to reality says: "Forced marriage is terrible for those women, children and men who find themselves in an often violent and abusive situation against their will."

Ah yes! Pity all those islamic men who find themselves in a violent and abusive situation against their will! It just doesn't bear thinking of.