http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/10/18/british-peer-polygamy-commonplace-british-muslims/British Peer: Polygamy ‘Commonplace’ Within Muslim Communities in Britain
Polygamy is “commonplace” within Muslim communities in Britain, with husbands fathering as many as 20 children by four wives, a Peer has said. She has called for a change in the law so that Muslim women know their rights under British law not to be discriminated against.
Although it has long been recognised that polygamy occurs in Muslim communities, it is typically seen as very rare.
But in a statement delivered to a conference on Islam in the UK on Sunday, Baroness Cox, a cross-bench member of the house of Lords, told the audience that polygamy in some communities is “commonplace” and that, as the marriages are Islamic ceremonies which have no legal status in British law, women who find themselves in polygamous marriages are being left without any rights.
Furthermore, the situation is being enabled by the acceptance of sharia councils in the UK, which Baroness Cox called a “parallel legal system”.
She explained: “Under sharia law, a husband is entitled to up to four wives providing he takes responsibility for making appropriate provision for all. In many Muslim communities in this country, polygamy is commonplace although as a nation bigamy is legally forbidden.”
She added: “Many [women] in polygamous marriages have said their husbands failed to provide financial support. Some were not even aware they were being married into polygamous relationships. Many are desperately unhappy.”
Cox has spoken to a number of British women in polygamous relationships herself in a bid to gain a clearer picture of the challenges they face. She describes a situation in which men are taking multiple wives, having numerous children, and are not providing for them.
She said: “Several Muslim women have told me that men in their communities may each have up to 20 children. This clearly paves the way for children growing up in dysfunctional families, who may become very vulnerable to marginalisation and potential radicalisation.”
Cox further pointed as evidence to a 2014 study in which 50 women living in Muslim communities in the West Midlands were interviewed about their experiences. It gives a glimpse into how widespread the issue is.
Of the 50 women interviewed, 46 were in current marriages. Of those, the report states, “two thirds of those who identified as being married (31 of 46) said their husband has more than one wife.”
Four of the women said their husband has three wives in total, and three women said their husband has four wives in total.
The report continues: “Islamic law requires that a man who chooses to have more than one wife must be able to support all of his wives. However, of the women who said their husband has more than one wife, nearly all (27 of 31) said their husband does not support them financially. Of these women, three quarters (21 of 27) rely on state benefits.”
The report includes anonymous testimonies, including from a 32-year-old woman who told the researcher: “…I found out afterwards that he had three more wives and he is still married to them. He lives with me but refuses to pay for anything. I live in his house that he bought but I claim benefits on it to pay his mortgage.”
Baroness Cox has introduced a Private Members Bill in Parliament to amend the law so that sharia courts cannot be used to discriminate against British Muslim women by denying them the same rights enjoyed by other British citizens.
But although the Bill received widespread support from all sides of the House, Cox said it “was opposed by the government on the grounds that every citizen has full and free access to the laws of the land.
“As I have already said this is manifestly untrue as many vulnerable Muslim women are ignorant of their legal rights and may live in very close communities with tremendous pressure from families not to seek outside professional help, which would bring shame on the community.”
She added: “All my concerns are based on first hand testimonies from Muslim women, and those committed to try and help them.
“One woman told me “I feel betrayed by Britain. I came here to get away from this and the situation is worse here than in the country I came from.”
Cox is encouraging women who have been discriminated against to come forward, “to challenge our government to take appropriate measures to ensure protection for all citizens of our country, the promotion of the human rights of all people, especially vulnerable girls and women, and the punishment of all
who break our laws”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/19/home-office-admits-checks-on-child-refugees-in-calais-are-limite/But it emerged that accepted guidelines on determining asylum seekers’ ages, known as the Merton test, are not followed until applicants arrive in the UK, nor can they be fingerprinted in France because it contravenes French law.
Once applicants arrive in the UK, they are fingerprinted and re-interviewed by the Home Office, and may then face a Merton test from the local authority where they intend to live, which involves lengthy questions about the applicant’s activities during the previous few years. The interviewers must also “ask questions designed to test the applicant’s credibility”.
Two-thirds of child refugees screened by the Home Office to the year September 2015 were later found to be adults.
Well, of course - the BBC wouldn't have interviewed him if his opinion had been otherwise.Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker today admitted he is getting a 'spanking' for calling people who questioned the age of child migrants 'racist'.
The former footballer, 55, also insisted the BBC would not sack him over his comments.
Meanwhile, the same article reports that the Home Office called in emergency scafolders to erect a 15ft screen around the reception area, so that these big babies = and women dressed as men?? - cannot be seen....one of the young asylum seekers, who has not been named, told British border officials he was under 18 but his fingerprints appear to have proved he was older.
A border source said the man was already on the UK's biometric database, which could mean he has tried to enter Britain before or has a criminal record.
The Home Office refused to comment but MailOnline understands his case will still be considered and could still be allowed to stay in Britain.
He is understood not to be 'significantly' older than 18 but is not the Afghan 'man in blue' seen arriving from Calais this week.
Earlier this week former home secretary Jack Straw led demands for age tests on child refugees brought to Britain and warned the row over whether they were really adults risked undermining public confidence in the asylum system.
Last night a source told The Sun: 'This is hugely embarrassing for the Home Office and it's a complete mess.'
Another added: 'If it's only taken a few days for the first case to emerge, how many others will there be? 'It will only increase the clamour for a far more stringent system to be enforced to verify age on arrival.'
With wrinkles around his eyes and stubble on his chin, the unnamed asylum seeker's photograph this week sparked widespread doubts that he was truly a child and two charities assumed that the 'man in blue' was an adult interpreter .
You are using extreme side of Islam to bash Islam.
'The first thing they do is ask for a razor':
Couple who have fostered child refugees warn the UK is being exploited by GROWN MEN masquerading as youngsters
Sarah and Giles have fostered dozens of 'child' refugees who were adults
One boy they fostered lived with them for two years before confessing he was not 15, but was in his mid-twenties
A foster couple yesterday declared that they had been ‘horrified’ for years about grown men masquerading as child refugees.
Sarah and Giles, who have fostered dozens of child asylum seekers, said several had turned out to be adults, but social services had ‘no interest’ in being told.
After reading this week about widespread doubts over the ages of some young men coming from Calais, they said: ‘We could never understand why this has not come out before.’
Using assumed names because they fear reprisals if they are identified, Sarah and Giles said one boy, supposedly 15, lived with them for two years and attended a local school. But when he eventually left them, he revealed: ‘You English are so stupid – I’m in my twenties.’
They said dentists and GPs routinely turned away their foster ‘children’ because they could tell they were actually grown men.
But they were ‘fobbed off’ when they warned social services, and worried they would be accused of racism if they made a fuss.
Speaking from their home in an English university town, Sarah and Giles said all they wanted to do was offer love and support to child refugees, but were instead expected to provide a home for men pretending to be children and send them to schools with genuine youngsters.
Sarah said: ‘How would you feel if your teenage daughter was sharing a class with one of these men?
‘We have been horrified about this for years. Young men are taken in with no proper check on their histories. They are placed in family homes – our home – and schools.
‘Who knows what they have done, or been through – no one knows anything about their past.
‘It is very common for them to have January 1st birthdays, because the Home Office just gives them arbitrary dates of birth.’
The couple, who have grown-up children of their own and have been fostering for more than a decade, said they warned social services whenever they had suspicions.
But Sarah said: ‘Nothing was ever done. Our concerns were just fobbed off. Social services would just tell us, “Oh, he has had a hard life”.
‘This is not about doubting the word of refugees – it is about a very important child protection issue. You are placing men with unknown troubled backgrounds into a school environment, where schoolchildren are supposed to be safe, and a foster environment which is our home.
‘We might also be looking after a child abuse victim from Britain who could be very vulnerable.’
Giles said they both felt Britain should show pity and compassion to youngsters who were alone, penniless and without parents, often from horrifying backgrounds.
But based on years of experience, they are convinced more rigorous age and health checks are needed.
He said: ‘In the absence of age assessments, which should include the opinion of doctors and dentists, child protection agencies are placing men of unknown backgrounds and histories in family homes and school environments too. This has been happening for years.
‘We are speaking out because we have witnessed disturbing events. We have no axe to grind. We are welcoming of all nationalities, cultures and religions, but the service we provide is supposed to be for children.
‘We have many times wondered why the authorities have not taken steps to age-assess young people who look to be adults and our bewilderment has increased when still no age assessment has been undertaken when dentists and doctors have stated – unprompted – that in their professional opinion a particular young person is an adult.’
Sarah and Giles have fostered many genuine children – some of them migrants and some troubled English youngsters – who have gone on to lead successful lives.
They have kept dozens of fond messages sent by grateful recipients of their care. ‘One of our foster cases went to university. We were so excited when he graduated,’ said Sarah.
Explaining the process that often leads to them fostering a migrant, she said: ‘It usually starts in the night, with a call from a duty social worker who says, “The police have stopped a truck of migrants and one is claiming to be under 18. Can you take him?” But it isn’t long before the tell-tale signs the “child” is really an adult begin to emerge.
‘The first thing they want is a razor. It’s a dead giveaway. We have boys of our own, but some of these asylum kids have beards and growths only fully-grown adults have.’
Youngsters being fostered by the couple live in their tidy semi-detached home, with photographs of their high-achieving children on the mantelpiece, and dogs sprawled by the fireplace. To become a foster parent meant giving their lives to the task.
Giles worked in the construction business, but now the couple make themselves available ‘24 hours a day’, said Sarah. They said they found fostering rewarding most of the time, but had become increasingly frustrated.
Sarah added: ‘The issue of checking ages is huge. By the time they come here, they have clearly been coached in what to say. They know their rights.
‘They get about £60 a week – cash – in their hands, for clothes, haircuts, mobile phones. They know it’s in their best interests to go into foster care. They know what a social worker is, and how much money they are entitled to. Once they come out of foster care they go straight to the top of the housing list.
‘We took in a boy from Africa. There is a story they all tell when they are picked up, about having lost all their papers and not being able to speak English. But this one walked in, spotted our TV and blurted out, “Oh great, EastEnders!”
‘We have a friend who gave up foster caring because she didn’t feel safe in her own home. She is a tiny woman and was sharing her home with grown men pretending to be children. It is ridiculous. We don’t want to give up, but it is hard.’
They get an allowance of £100 to £300 a week to cover their expenses.
‘You have to be able to afford to foster. You can’t make money out of it, but you do have to pay the bills,’ said Sarah.
‘We were motivated because we wanted to make a difference. But it is not easy. It is highly intrusive, and every year you get a minimum of one unannounced visit and they go over every square inch of your house.
‘It is very rigorous, but it is understandably thorough because you are looking after vulnerable children.
‘This makes it all the more ridiculous that they can then put an unknown adult, pretending to be a child, into the household with barely any checks on them.'‘ENGLISH ARE SO STUPID’
Asked to take in a 15-year-old boy from Albania, Sarah and Giles enrolled him in the local school the very next day.
‘We were waiting in the corridor when we looked around and he had lit up a cigarette, which was not a great start,’ recalled Sarah.
‘He had a shirt undone to his stomach and a gold medallion and winklepicker-type shoes. He lived with us for two years and went to school as a 15 and 16-year-old.
‘But later we found a wage slip he had left lying around which showed he had been working.
‘But he was using a different name complete with a National Insurance number.
‘When he left us he laughed and said, “You English are so stupid – I’m in my twenties”. Ruefully, we had to agree with him – it felt like a slap in the face.
‘We notified social services, but no action was taken.’
THE UNBELIEVING MEDICS
Giles took another refugee ‘boy’ to the dentist. He recalled: ‘The dentist said the boy had had his wisdom teeth for some time. He told us he could not treat him as a child and not to bring him back.
‘When we told social services they just said, “We’ll have to find another dentist”. It didn’t prompt a proper investigation.’
Sarah added: ‘We took one to an elderly GP who told us, “If that lad is 14, I am 23”.’
BOY WITH INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Sarah said they had looked after one boy with TB and another with an infectious disease, which could be passed on by a drop of blood.
She said: ‘He had been using my hairbrush. If I had scratched my scalp with it I could have been infected. I paid £250 for a health check to make sure I was clear.’
‘SCHOOLBOY’ WHO WAS RUMBLED
Only one time was a ‘boy’ caught out. Sarah said: ‘We had one boy for two months. He told police he was 14.
‘A social worker arrived for a visit and brought their manager, who was horrified. She said, “There’s no way he’s a child”. He was gone that day to a hostel for men.’
Fernando wrote:Well, since most of these alleged children are either Muslims or masquerading as Muslims, perhaps we should test them as Mohammed would have tested them. Please remind me, how did Mo distinguish between captive men (to be killed) and boys (to be enslaved)? Surely to apply their prophet's test would be acceptable to them.
(We know, of course, that girls would be declared women long before they were 14, never mind 18.)
Foster mother tells of horror when she discovered ’12-year-old Afghan refugee orphan’ she cared for was a 21-year-old jihadi
A woman opened her heart and her door to a 12-year-old boy who had fled the horrors of war in Afghanistan after losing his parents - or so she thought.
In reality, not only was the boy in her care, Jamal, almost a decade older than she had been duped into believing, but he also had Taliban and child abuse material on his phone.
A dentist's check found his age to actually be around 21 and a subsequent investigation uncovered the shocking content on his mobile, according to the Sun.
However, the news did not come as a huge surprise to his foster mother, who gave her name only as Rosie, who had not only been extremely suspicious of his developed facial hair - which led to him being thrown off a bus as he looked too old for a child ticket - but also other characteristics.
She took Jamal to a climbing centre, where he displayed upper body strength far beyond his supposed years and also was able to completely strip a rifle at a shooting range.
While in her care, he shared a room with three children aged between 12 and 14.
Rosie told the paper's Nigel Bunyan and Chris Pollard: 'It’s ridiculous how everybody else could see it but not the social workers.'
Although she could not confirm if he was a terrorist, she was adamant he had spent time in a training camp.
She added that his last words to her were 'I’ll kill you and I know where your children are.'
Jamal has since reportedly been turned down for asylum after being arrested for assault.
She said: “He looked thin and I thought, ‘Bless him’. He was so humble, polite.”
He roomed with a boy, aged 13. Two girls, 12 and 14, were also in the house.
Alarm bells rang when the family went swimming and Rosie’s 13-year-old commented on how hairy he was.
At a climbing centre he shimmied up ropes with ease, and at a shooting range he stripped a gun before firing it.
Jamal’s behaviour worsened. He put the 13-year-old in expert holds, demanded cash and got calls from unknown numbers.
One day he claimed he couldn’t pray because there were too many posters on his wall. The interpreter told him, “What do you mean? Allah doesn’t mind?”
His last words to Rosie were: “I’ll kill you and I know where your children are.”
She added: “I can’t say he was a terrorist but I do think he came from a training camp. He was a great actor.
“Every day I check the car, and that all the house windows are shut. I panic because I know he knows our routine.”
Since being arrested for an alleged assault, Jamal has been turned down for asylum but is appealing.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3867526/Fraud-gang-rigged-English-language-tests-help-hundreds-overseas-students-bid-visa-extensions-charging-read-answers-provide-substitutes-sit-exams.html#ixzz4O267QE7xFraud gang 'rigged English language tests to help hundreds of overseas students bid for visa extensions by charging to read out answers and provide substitutes to sit exams'
Fraudsters allegedly rigged England language tests for overseas students
Gang allegedly charged 'very large sums' of money to read out answers to multiple choice tests or provide substitutes to sit the exams
Alleged scheme was intended to help students dishonestly apply for visa extensions from the Home Office
Six fraudsters rigged English language tests for hundreds of overseas students applying for visa extensions, a court has heard.
The gang allegedly charged 'very large sums of money' to read out the answers to multiple choice tests or provide substitutes to sit the exams on behalf of candidates.
The gang also provided forged bank statements and academic records so non-EU citizens could illegally extend their stay in the UK, Southwark Crown Court heard.
The alleged scheme was intended to help students dishonestly apply for visa extensions from the Home Office.
The scam was uncovered by a BBC Panorama investigation that secretly filmed the rigged examinations taking place.
Harinder Kumar, 31, Hemant Kumar, 40, Talal Chowdhury, 30, Shaheen Ahmed, 33, Wahida Sultana, 39, and Mohammed Hasan, 37, are accused of plotting to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration law between 17 October 2012 and 10 February 2014.
The case involves three companies, Studentway Education in Southall, Middlesex, Eden College International in Bow, east London, and Total Care London, in Whitechapel, east London.
The firms ran tests devised by one of the world's largest language testing firms, Educational Training Services Global (ETS), jurors heard.
Prosecutor David Walbank said: 'This case involves the provision by these defendants of fraudulently obtained English-language examination results by having a proxy or a substitute sitting the exam for them, or by having multiple choice tests and simply reading out the answers to them'.
He said the six defendants worked with a number of others to 'exploit the vulnerability' of people who have come to the country on a student visa but have no 'genuine intention to study here'.
Shaheen Ahmed, 33, (left) and and Mohammed Hasan, 37, are also accused of rigging English language tests for hundreds of overseas students
He continued: 'All of this was done by these six defendants and the others with whom they conspired to facilitate, to assist, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of persons who were already here on student visas to lodge fraudulent applications to the Home Office.'
Harinder Kumar and Hemant Kumar, both of Southall, Middlesex, Chowdhury, of Rainham, Gillingham, Ahmed, of Orpington, Kent, Sultana, of Plaistow, east London, and Hasan, of Dagenham, Essex, all deny the charge against them.
The trial continues.
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