12-year-old girls are neither physically nor emotionally ready to engage in sexual activity. It’s just not something one thinks about at that age. Nor should it be. And it certainly shouldn’t be something any loving parent would want for his/her child, and yet a 54-year-old south-east London man and his wife, in collusion with a 12-year-old girl’s father, forced the young girl to marry her 16-year-old cousin, albeit illegally. She was then raped by the boy at his father’s urging.
The 54-year-old organised a sham Muslim ceremony between his son, then 16, and the girl at his home in Woolwich, south-east London, in March last year.
The situation became known when the girl’s mother, who was against the arranged marriage, reported it to the police. As a result, both men have been sentenced to 3 years in jail,
In a statement, the girl’s mother said: “What happened to my daughter was a nightmare. These convictions will help us move on.”
Speaking after the case, Det Insp Noel McHugh, who led the investigation, called it a “really awful crime”.
He said: “This has been an exceptionally challenging investigation and we are grateful to all those who assisted with the case and ensured the convictions.
“The offences are incomprehensible and the victim is a truly brave girl who suffered at the hands of those who should have offered her protection.”
The boy received no jail time, just 18 months under supervision, but he will be registered as a sex offender, as will the girl’s father. The 54-year-old mother of the boy received a 12-month sentence, which was suspended for 2 years, for the same offense as the 2 fathers
…for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity following an illegal marriage.
She will also have to perform 200 hours of community service. Thankfully the mother of the child had the courage to go to the police, although the girl will probably need therapy to help her deal with the rape. How can individuals, in this day and age, think that marrying an underage child is okay? And apparently the father wasn’t the only one who encouraged the boy to rape his cousin, other relatives had also chimed in about the subject. With family like that, who needs enemies!