Nojoud Muhammed Nasser, 8, went to court by herself in Yemen.
Yemeni Court Grants 8-Year-Old Girl Divorce: Nojoud Muhammed Nasser, 8, was told by her father two months ago that it was time for her to marry Faez Ali Thamer, 30. She recounts what happened to reporter Hamed Thabet of the Yemen Times,
My father beat me and told me that I must marry this man, and if I did not, I would be raped and no law and no sheikh in this country would help me. I refused but I couldn’t stop the marriage. I asked and begged my mother, father, and aunt to help me to get divorced. They answered, “We can do nothing. If you want you can go to court by yourself.” So this is what I have done.
Nasser complained about her husband’s behavior.
He used to do bad things to me, and I had no idea as to what a marriage is. I would run from one room to another in order to escape, but in the end he would catch me and beat me and then continued to do what he wanted. I cried so much but no one listened to me. One day I ran away from him and came to the court and talked to them. … Whenever I wanted to play in the yard he beat me and asked me to go to the bedroom with him. This lasted for two months. He was too tough with me, and whenever I asked him for mercy, he beat me and slapped me and then used me. I just want to have a respectful life and divorce him.
Indeed, she went by herself to Sana’a West Court on April 2 to find a judge who would permit her to prosecute her father, Muhammed Nasser, and to win a divorce from Thamer on grounds of sexual and domestic abuse. Yemeni law does not permit Nojoud to prosecute, being underage, but Judge Muhammed al-Qathi heard her complaint and subsequently ordered the arrests of both her father and husband.
No charges have brought against either her father, who was later released due to health problems, or the husband, who remains in jail pending further investigation.
Thamer is unrepentant but willing to be flexible: “Yes, I was intimate with her, but I have done nothing wrong, as she is my wife and I have the right and no one can stop me. But if the judge or other people insist that I divorce her, I will do it, it’s ok.”
Shatha Ali Nasser, a lawyer in the Supreme Court notes that Yemeni civil law states that “no girl or boy can get married before the age of 15” but that a 1998 amendment permits parents to arrange a marriage contract between their children below the age of 15. The husband may not have sexual relations with a young wife until she is physically mature, but the situation invites abuses. Nasser notes that Nojoud’s predicament is not unique but she is the first young girl to venture into court by herself.
Meanwhile, Noujoud’s uncle has become her guardian and she will be placed in Dar Al-Rahama, an NGO for children. (April 9, 2008)
This girl is younger than my daughter and I salute her courage, but stories like this just make me fume, any religion that condones this sort of abuse has absolutely NO place in a civilised world. I am just too sickened to say more.
Angry and disgusted Comrades
In the trial which continues in Melbourne our own home-grown Jihadist terror cell are being revealed as the evidence is presented….
The jury in the country’s largest terrorist trial was yesterday told that after the plans to attack the MCG were foiled, the group decided to target the Crown casino during Formula One Grand Prix weekend or the AFL’s pre-season NAB Cup football final early the following year.
The key prosecution witness, Izzydeen Atik, an insider who admitted to using his skills as a credit card fraudster to purchase airline tickets, telephone credit and other goods for the group, told the Victorian Supreme Court yesterday that he first learned of the proposed targets about a month after ASIO and police raids on members’ homes in July2005.
During a conversation with the group’s alleged leader, Abdul Nacer Benbrika, Mr Atik said he was told that money raised to finance the terrorist attack on the Grand Final in September 2005 had been seized by authorities during the raids.
The group was also concerned about its own security.
“The AFL Grand Final was the original target and because of the raids, and because of security reasons and funding, they were put off until the following year,” Mr Atik told Crown prosecutor Richard Maidment SC. “The next targets were the NAB Cup and the Crown casino building on the Grand Prix weekend.”
Given its immense importance to the religious life of all southerners an attack targeting the AFL grand final should cause even the latte sippers to pause and think about the consequences had theses men been able to carry out their dastardly plot. For many in the Footy heartland it would be like bombing the grand Mosque in Mecca during the Haj…
A woman known as the Vampire Killer for her role in a brutal Brisbane murder in 1989 will be released after nearly 20 years in jail.
Tracey Wigginton, 42, and three other women stabbed Brisbane council worker Edward Baldock 27 times, with one of her co-accused saying the self-proclaimed vampire had drunk his blood because of her “need to feed”.
Wigginton received a life sentence for the murder, but The Australian newspaper reports she has received approval from Queensland’s parole board for a graduated release from a high security prison.
Why is it that a woman who commits a crime as bad the one that sent Wigginton to jail , supposedly for life, is not considered serious enough that we should throw away the key? Now if we can throw away the key for the scum bags like those who raped and murdered Anita Cobbey in Sydney. Why should a female who sexually violates and then brutally kills a man, while in company, not be treated like any other murdering pack rapist?
Hmm It seems to me that in the days when we are told that gender should not matter in the application of justice that female offenders are still given an easier time and can expect to do less porridge than a man who commits an equivalent crime.
Life should mean life for such people regardless of their gender.
THE nation’s first female governor-general, Bryce, has described her appointment as “a great day for Australian women”.
“I grew up in a little bush town in Queensland with 200 people, and what this day says to Australian women and Australian girls is that you can do anything, you can be anything,” Ms Bryce said after being named as Australia’s 25th governor-general.
“It makes my heart sing to see women in so many diverse roles across our country in Australia.”
Ms Bryce, the Queensland Governor, former lawyer, human rights advocate, academic, federal sex discrimination commissioner, mother of five and grandmother of five, was born in the outback Queensland town of Longreach.
Announcing she would replace Michael Jeffery, whom he described as a first-class governor-general, when his term expires in September, Kevin Rudd said it was time a woman held the position of governor-general.
Well I hope that my friends from the left are sitting down, because I approve of this appointment not because Bryce is a woman but because she has been a dignified an non-controversial Queensland Governor.
I realise that it is generally not the done thing to pass judgement upon the hair styles of female pollies but when I saw Julia Gillard on the Insiders this morning I was struck by just how much her current coiffure looks like a dead spit for the hair style of Wallace’s friend from “A close shave” so I just could not resist a bit of photoshop fun.
Really of the many and varied hair styles sported by the deputy PM over the last couple of months he latest has to qualify as one of the worst, Perhaps she has been taking style advice from the other woman who is close to Brother Number One.
KEY Liberal powerbrokers who backed Brendan Nelson as Opposition Leader have switched their allegiance to Malcolm Turnbull.
The shift, combined with a general sense of despair at Dr Nelson’s recent performance, means a leadership spill is likely within months.
Liberal Party insiders had not expected a leadership challenge to Dr Nelson until at least the end of this year. But many of his colleagues have concluded they have to get rid of him sooner rather than later.
The consensus is firming that Mr Turnbull, the party’s ambitious Treasury spokesman, will replace him in the next month or two.
I am sure that You can hear the cries of joy from the left that the Liberal Party may be considering pulling the pin on Brendan Nelson’s leadership sooner rather than later. It may well be a case of “careful what you wish for ” though, because Malcom Turnbull is likely to be more of a real prospect that Brendan has been thus far.
I made no secret of the fact that i personally preferred Turnbull for the Job but in the wake of such a disheartening loss at the last election it was always going to be a poisoned chalice to take on the leadership of the party, and It was also always going to be a very big ask to expect any leader to hit the ground running and immediately win the hearts and minds of the voting public. We conservatives should be prepared to acknowledge that Nelson has taken the inevitable triumphalist flak that was always going to be thrown by The disciples of Brother Number One and their fellow travellers. I suspect Nelson’s poor ratings actually have a lot to do with the fact that we have had a very long real campaign, for the whole year prior to the last election (in particular from the unions and other pressure groups) which has given many people a big case of “political compassion fatigue”. Put simply a lot of people just want to sit back and not think about politics for a while, no body I know wants to hear any kind of electioneering for quite a while.
I expect that there will be a change in leadership of the opposition sooner rather than later and I also expect that Turnbull could be a formidable leader of the opposition, but anyone taking on that mantle has to run the race as a marathon and not as a sprint because there is the best part of three years before we go to the polls again and that is a very long time in politics.
After a fair bit of effort I finally have my new, far more colourful blogroll finished and on my front page. I wanted to have something that was a little more colourful and visually attractive, perhaps even a little more indicative of what you will find when you click on the links. So mostly I have used a screen capture of each blogs header, some clearly work better than others because they are visually more interesting.
One of the things that the WordPress blog roll does not allow is to order the way blog roll entries appear in the list within the categories that you create I have tried to just get it up and running over the last few days so please don’t be offended if you feel that your listing is not high enough up the list because I have not thought too much about the order of the links, this is very much a work in progress and there are still some sites that I have not yet added, like Ray Dixon* and Club Wah* That is my assignment for this morning.
* now added 🙂