Monday, 10 December 2012

Denmark Doesn't Have the "Ghagh" Rule, ... Much!


... The Danish government has announced new laws to curb forced religious marriages in the Scandinavian country. The new legislation will give the state power to issue harsher penalties, including expulsion, on imams and others that take part in conducting forced unions.
The news comes amid Copenhagen’s ongoing efforts to end the practice, which has seen numerous underage residents and citizens forced to marry under so-called Sharia law.

... One such victim, a 15-year-old Danish citizen of Moroccan decent, told TV2 news agency that she was forced to have sex with her new husband on her wedding night: “I was totally dead during that period. My aunt told me that the guests would not go home until they saw blood on the sheets.”

Although Denmark has legislated anti-forced marriage legislation, the practice amongst Muslims throughout Europe is endemic.

Keeping this in mind, one has be thankful, therefore that Denmark as yet has not reported any incidences of the Afghani Pashtun practice of  forced-engagement ("Ghagh").

... This was no ordinary proposal but one made under an ancient Pashtun custom called "ghagh" that entitles a man to force his marriage proposal on a woman.

Once invoked, ghagh -- which means "a call" -- can have various outcomes, none of them happy for the woman. She might end up being married against her will, or stay single for life, or see her family drawn into a dangerous, lingering feud.


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