Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. I'm not doubting the results of the survey. I'm sure they are quite accurate. But the whole principle is wrong.
Religion is a topic I tend to avoid. I just don't want to go there. It is one of those topics you are not supposed to discuss at a dinner party or in social groups... Like politics, finances, death and taxes. Those are personal issues and no one else's business.
But I cannot agree with this. It is one thing to ask that we, as non-Muslims, be respectful of beliefs and customs that are near and dear to Muslims. It is quite another to want to force us to observe something that is not one of our beliefs or customs. And that is all I'm gonna say about the matter.
This is wrong, too. And I do feel sorry for this Australian woman. But, come on. You had to know that by coming here you were taking some risks. I do not understand, though, if both the man and woman in this instance are Australian citizens how it is that the husband can file for custody of the children in a Saudi court. Well - actually I do understand the "how." Did these two get married, here, or in Australia? That piece of information is missing from the article and I don't know if it would make any difference or not. She's facing the possibility of being arrested for showing her face. [Put your damn veil on then, for goodness sake! Why call attention to yourself?] And, she faces the possibility of arrest for not having her residency papers. She is not going to be allowed to leave because she can't get permission from her husband to travel and she is without her passport. Lady, you are so SOL. What's that saying about being in a canoe with only one paddle? Hmmph. This woman is up the creek without either paddle and her canoe has a cannon-ball sized hole in it!
A kind of happy ending to a disgusting and pathetic story - the one of the young child in Yemen being forced to marry a man three times her age - which drew worldwide attention. Little Nujood Ali was granted a divorce from the pedophile she was given to by her father, and she has gone back in [grade] school - where, hopefully, she can be a child again and go on to fulfill her dreams of studying and becoming a lawyer. One of her teachers is "worried whether Nujood would disturb other students by talking about her sexual experiences." You've got to be kidding, right? I'm guessing this poor little child is going to do everything in her power to repress some pretty horrific "childhood memories." Let's all hope that Nujood is able to do just that.