Mum and Dad get a total of 8 Years in Prison for Forced Marriage on Leeds girl in Bangladesh

It was all the way back in 2016 that a mum and dad told their children they were travelling to a Bangladesh for a holiday to visit relatives. But they arrived in the village, the victim was told she was to be married to her cousin. When she said no she was assaulted and her father threatened to slit her throat and to “chop her up”. The girl told the court that she never said yes and managed to contact the British High Commission who with the help of Bangladeshi authorities safely got her back to the UK.

Back in May when the court case happened Michael Quinn from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “She showed courage in contacting the authorities for help, and provided valuable assistance with the investigation and prosecution of these offences. This successful prosecution sends a clear message that forced marriage is a very serious crime and those responsible will be prosecuted.”

Well now her parents have received a total of 8 years behind bars for their horrific actions, forcing their daughter to marry someone she did not want to. Karma Nirvana are a charity which you can get in touch with if you are concerned that you or a family member or friend is about to be forced into a marriage.

When is a spoon not just a spoon?

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If you’re being taken abroad against your will for;

  • Forced Marriage
  • Sexploitation
  • FGM
  • Child Abuse
  • Abduction
  • Honour Based Violence
  • Human Trafficking

HIDE A METAL SPOON IN YOUR UNDERWEAR  The metal detector will alert airport security who will secure your safety!

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Students in a school in Leeds are being as we are heading towards the summer holidays to put a metal spoon inside their underwear to trigger off airport metal detectors, if they feel they’re at risk of forced marriage abroad this summer. Students at the Co-operative academy in Harehills in Leeds were all given their own metal spoon as part of a programme designed to raise awareness about “honour”-based abuse and forced marriage.

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A Powerful Wedding Sermon about Love

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The Right Reverend Michael Curry from the Episcopal Church (official name 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church) opened his speech at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding with the words of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, who said: ‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.’

He added: ‘Love can help and heal when nothing else can. ‘There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.’ Such power could be seen in the service, he continued, saying: ‘Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.’ He then added: ‘There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise. There is power, power in love.’

 

During his speech, he said the word ‘love’  58 times. Sometimes in Religious Studies answers we see students writing love about that many times when they try to explain the choices of religious people. Firstly there is the famous quote from Matthew 22…

Matthew 22: 36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

However students could also look in 1 Corinthians 13 to find information on the importance of love…

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Finally in Luke 10: 25 – 28 the Parable of the Good Samaritan has Jesus confirming to the ‘expert in the law’ that you should love thy neighbour as yourself…

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

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Going back to Michael Curry, he said of Saturday’s wedding:  ‘The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness. And so we celebrate and pray for them today.’

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Family Feud by Jay-Z featuring Beyonce

In December Jay-Z dropped the 8 minute video for his song Family Feud. About half way through the video it shows him walking into a Catholic church with his real-life daughter, rapping away—”Nobody wins when the family feuds”. It is a dramatic music video with a huge storyline at the start before Jay-Z starts his song.

There is some swearing in the song.

For us in Religious Studies it offers us some learning opportunities:

  • the song is about adultery and the importance of family
  • the scenes inside what looks like a catholic church let us see pews, stained glass windows, the cross, pulpit and confessional booth
  • Jay-Z asks Beyonce for forgiveness (“can get Amen from the congregation?”) and she gives him redemption by singing “Amen”

With Jay-Z inside a supposed Catholic Church what would those with that faith say about his admitted infidelities?

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The first part of the video is also interesting from a PSHCE angle too:

  • the start of the video has the year 2444 and the monarchy is in distress with the head of the family dealing with an upset and jealous brother.
  • when the queen is helped by her boyfriend, “Is that good enough for you?” she shows her own power by silently stabbing him in the back with a knife saying, “It’s my throne.”
  • there are co-presidents who are black and native American which helps us imagine that one day there’ll be racial equality in the USA
  • eight women sit around a table and rewrite the constitution in the year 2050, with the narrator reminding us that this is “a time when some thought that making America great was making us afraid of each other” but in fact “America is a family and the whole family should be free”.

 

Update on Humanist Wedding Win in High Court

Here is an update on a story we wrote about a few weeks ago, where a footballer and his model fiance had gone to the Belfast High Court in an effort to get their Humanist Wedding seen as legal without also having to do a registry office wedding.

Eunan O’Kane and Laura Lacole had told the court they wanted a ceremony that reflected their beliefs, but the only legal options available to them were a religious or civil service. And they won!

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Laura said, “Our humanist ceremony will speak to our values and the love Eunan and I have for each other in a way no other marriage ceremony could. We’re thrilled that our action has extended the same choice to thousands of other couples.” Unfortunately though, Northern Ireland’s Attorney General is now going to appeal the verdict, so Euanan and Laura can’t completely celebrate yet.

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Footballer tries to get a Humanist wedding which is legal without a civil ceremony

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Laura Lacole, a model, is marrying the Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane in Northern Ireland next month. The couple, both humanists, want a ceremony that reflects their beliefs, but the only legal options available to them are a religious or civil service. They have taken the case to the courts because they say it is discrimination under European laws protecting freedom of belief that as Humanists they’ve got to have a civil ceremony to make their humanist wedding legal. It is quite a big news story in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a landmark case for Humanists wanting to get married there.

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To learn more about Humanism you can check out the Humanists UK website, as well their YouTube channel.

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