Dad accused of ‘forced wedding’ of daughter, 15
A jury is deliberating on whether a Melbourne father forced a 22-year-old man to marry his 15-year-old daughter in an Islamic wedding under sharia law.
The County Court heard evidence from the bridegroom that he met the girl online and after meeting in person several times, he went back to the girl’s home.
The groom said soon after he arrived, the girl’s father came at him with a knife and threatened to behead him. Lawyers for the father said his account was lies.
“Because what really happened was the first meeting you had with (the father) was when he caught you upstairs at about 2am in bed with his daughter,” lawyer Peter Kilduff said.
The young man denied this. The groom told the court the father threatened to kill his family in Iran unless he married his daughter. “I kill all your family members, one by one. I’m not going to leave any one of them alive and I kill you here as well,” the father allegedly said.
“I said I will marry her. But I told him that this is not lawful, you’re forcing me.”
The court was played a wedding video of the couple smiling and kissing but the man told the court he was told to smile and he was left by himself at the wedding venue to clean up until 5am.
He said once they were married, he lived with the girl’s family but felt like a “worker”. The court heard from a marriage celebrant that the girl and her father sought a divorce months later.