Friday, July 17, 2009

A Culturally Enriched Divorce

Cultural Enrichment News

No woman divorces a Muslim man — he divorces her, at his convenience. And if she tries to escape from her marriage to him — especially if her behavior shames him — the consequences can be severe.

Take this recent example from Belgium:

Brothers Arrested in Suspected Honour Killing

Two Pakistani brothers were being held in custody in Belgium on murder charges, a magistrate said in Brussels yesterday, on suspicion that they carried out an honour killing.

Hammad Raza Syed and his brother Hassan were charged with “deprivation of liberty and murder” over the death of Hammad’s wife Claudi Lalembaidje, a 32-year-old Belgian woman of Chadian origin.

The woman’s beaten body was found on June 29 in a suitcase in a canal in northern France. A funeral service was held for her in Brussels yesterday.
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The magistrate said the two men had denied the killing, and that a third brother was believed to have fled Belgium, possibly to Pakistan, and was the subject of an international arrest warrant.

The dead woman was in the process of divorcing Syed. Her family claimed he had beaten her and wanted to control what she wore and how she conducted her life. She went to police twice insisting he had tried to strangle her.

“Claudia had the impression that she was being used in a fake marriage, that Ali (Hammad) was using her to get residency papers in Belgium,” her mother, Kadidja Kade told Le Soir newspaper.

Kade said the husband disappeared for a few weeks, so her daughter established legally that he had abandoned their home in Namur, southern Belgium.

She won custody of their child, born last September, and returned to Brussels.

On his return from Pakistan, the mother said, Syed harassed her with his two brothers and demanded that she drop the divorce proceedings, threatening to kill her.

“He said that in Pakistan, marriage is for life until death,” Kade said.

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Thrasymachus said...

I have said, until I am blue in the face, that there is such a very simple way to significantly decrease the terrorist (and Muslim related crime threat) in Europe.

Requiring that those European citizens who wish to travel to Pakistan obtain first an exit visa (contingent on interview) from their European national authorities.

Of course this would not effect dual nationals with secondary Pakistani passports; but such a move, here in the UK at least, would effectively curtail the entire terrorist threat. As the Pakistani embassy currently grants visas to British nationals within 24 hours, no questions asked.

laine said...

Assuming the Chadian Belgian victim was not Muslim, it would appear that European feminists have been asleep at the switch. They have not been informing their sisters of the risks inherent in marrying a Muslim man, with the risks doubled if he is also Pakistani. These risks include being unilaterally divorced and deserted on the man's whim, mummified and controlled, deprived of education, made a slave to the man's family, physically abused, raped, deprived of one's children and loss of life itself.

Feminists reveal that they are merely a subset of leftists and that in the hierarchy of leftist pieties, multicult or worship of the other trumps feminism (and gay rights as well). The feministas who have no problem reducing white men's rights to rubble to achieve inequality favoring women suddenly lose their ever-flapping tongues when it comes to brown men with a totalitarian ideology.

bewick said...

You perhaps do not realise but the UK stupidly accepts dual citizenship. Pakistan and India do not. Not that it makes a difference.
I know a nice Sikh woman who has lived here for about 44 years.
She is a naturalised British Citizen but still speaks hardly any English.
She has travelled to India 3 times in the last year but uses an INDIAN passport. I know that because I helped her to get it renewed. I think she may also have a British passport. If not she is still entitled to one.
Her family are rich but I KNOW that she claimed and got jobseekers allowance with no intention, and no chance, of getting a job.
She claims to be impoverished to the British authorities to maximise her "take" but I know for a fact that she is busy building a very expensive house in India with money that her deceased husband accumulated without paying tax.(like £100k amassed in the 80's-90's)

Now remember she is Sikh - and Sikhs claim to be honest. There are clearly shades of honesty and Punjabi Sikhs clearly have a different appreciation of the term from that of the ethnic British. She claims that there is no income tax in India for example. Totally untrue but I'd guess her Indian relatives take steps to avoid or evade it.
Also Punjabi are most Pakistanis - so guess what? Could it possibly be that they also are massively cheating the State? You bet.
So back to the point. Having dual citizenship (and for Muslims multiple names - also known as aka) then it is possible to travel on either of two (or even more) passports. How exactly can we control that? We can't. Fingerprint recognition on exit and entry might just.

another point. Britain no longer recognises British born grandparents as a reason to grant citizenship as of right. Pakistan and India do. They also bar those from different cultures, born in their countries, from automatic citizenship. We allow it. Hence Cliff Richard and Joanna Lumley are unlikely ever to be allowed to become Indian citizens even though they were born there.

There is a clear clash of culture and passports and visas are just a small but crucial part.
Controlling travelto the Indian sub continent may be more difficult. I very much doubt that the elderly Sikh lady is a terrorist threat and likely the same for many Pakistanis (uh - thought they'd become Britich) but the thret is definitely there.