That’s what’s needed, more people speaking out and bringing lawsuits against those who would seek to violate people’s civil rights. Good for her. By the way, the Tundra Tabloids is reviewing a book received from the author, Dr. Nusrat Raza, titled Visa For Hell, which deals exactly with this subject of forced marriages. The TT promised to write a review of the book and publish it here. KGS
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl secretly took legal action against her parents to escape an arranged marriage.
The teen, who cannot be identified, asked a court to place her on the airport watch list to stop her parents whisking her to Lebanon and forcing her to wed a young man she had met just once, the Herald Sun reported.
The court said such applications were becoming increasingly common.
Federal magistrate Joe Harman said he was satisfied there was a psychological risk to the girl unless the court intervened.
“The young person’s evidence makes very clear that she has expressed to her parents that she does not want to go to Lebanon and does not want to marry the person proposed,” he said.
“She has indicated also in her evidence that she is fearful for her personal safety, that she has concerns as to what will occur in relation to her mother’s reaction once she becomes aware of these proceedings.”
Mr Harman said while it might be suggested the young woman had bucked the authority of her parents, she had displayed great bravery in seeking legal help.
“It is not the right of any parent to cause their child to be married against their will, whether in accordance with Australian law or otherwise,” he said.
Mr Harman restrained the girl’s parents from removing her from Australia and from harassing, threatening or intimidating her, or questioning her about the court proceedings.