Teen ‘abducted from Sydney home, raped and forced into Islamic wedding’

A teenager was allegedly abducted through the bedroom window of her Sydney home, raped and forced into an Islamic wedding ceremony by a 31-year-old man who had previously been rejected by her parents for an arranged marriage.

In a horrific ordeal lasting almost 19 hours, police allege the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, took the 18-year-old from her Bankstown home in Sydney’s west in the early hours of Monday morning before he allegedly sexually and indecently assaulted her, forced her to marry him and then drove her almost 400 kilometres to Gundagai in the state’s south west.

It is believed the man was infatuated with the teenager, whose name has been suppressed, and his prior advances had been knocked back after he asked her parents for her hand in marriage.