A child bride in Yemen.
THE father of a 12-year-old child “bride” told her that Australian law was stupid and girls her age should be allowed to get married and have sex, a court has heard.
The girl’s 63-year-old father, who cannot be named, has been charged over “marrying” the 12-year-old to a 26-year-old Lebanese man in an Islamic ceremony in January last year.
The girl’s recorded interview with a child protection worker was played on day three of her father’s trial at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court yesterday.
She said that days after police found out about their Islamic marriage, her father had become concerned about the prospect of the girl’s “husband” going to jail.
“(My father) knows no marriage under the age of 16,” she said.
“Because he says to me the law here is stupid, girls your age should be allowed to get married and have intercourse,” she said…