Shailendran Muthuswamy | HENB | Colombo | Nov 3, 2016:
Large number of Muslim men and women in Sri Lanka affiliated with a Wahhabist group – the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jama’ath (SLTJ) Organisation – took to the streets of Colombo to demand government officials keep intact their Islam-based custom and convention to marry minor girls even as young as 12.
The protests reported by the Daily Mirror were geared at tossing a new law that would raise the minimum legal age for Muslim girls in Sri Lanka to marry to 16. Currently, Muslim men, in accordance with Sharia teachings and beliefs, are allowed to marry Muslim girls once they reach the age of 12 – though non-Muslim girls in the state are not allowed legally to be married under the age of 16 years.
Sri Lanka authorities are simply trying to hold the Muslim community to the same law and standard as the non-Muslim community. The Sri Lankan government wants to obtain Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for exports to the European Union, but cannot until the marriage reforms and human rights including child rights reforms are made in the country.
But, protesting Muslim men prefer 12 as the ideal age of girls to marry, not too old 16, obviously to promote their ‘pedophile’ cult in Islam. Moreover, Muslims in Sri Lanka demand Sharia Rights to marry minor girls to use them as production machine for a population Jihad to get a Muslim majority over Sri Lankan Buddhist and Hindus.
Muslims in Sri Lanka is a highly increasing community by the dint of early marriage, polygamy and multiple children. As Sharia permits these, Muslims in Sri Lanka also demand these Sharia provisions to make a population Jihad in the country like same methods observed by the Sharia followers in almost all the corners of the globe.
Muslim girls in Sri Lanka who are forced into marriage at a very young age often end up as child-bearing machines, giving birth to as many as six children in a short span of time. The demographics of the country have shifted accordingly. In Sri Lanka, the Muslim population has grown from 6 percent to 10 percent in the last two decades, at the same time Buddhists, Hindus and Christians have all seen declines in population.
Photographs of the recent protest scene included shots of banners and signs that read, as translated: “It is discrimination to take away the rights of minorities,” and “It is not practical to impose a minimum age for marriage,” and even, “Don’t mess around with Sharia law.”
But, what is strange that protest scenes divulged that many Muslim women in Burqa and Hijab participated in the rally holding the placards condemning the SL Govt’s move for GSP and advocated the marriage of Muslim girls on 12 yrs per Sharia!
Buddhist and Hindus in SL should take this Islamic advances very seriously and must move together to pressurize the SL Govt to settle the age of marriage as 16 at least for the SL girls irrespective of caste, creed and religion as in the majority of countries of the world the marriageable age as a right is 18 for both boys and girls.
Input from Daily Mirror LK and Pamela Geller.
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