SPOONS A CURE FOR FORCED MARRIAGE?

A Leeds school is handing out spoons to school girls to protect them against forced marriage. The Leeds , West Yorkshire , academy is advising the children to put the spoons inside their underwear so that it will set off airport alarms. The charity , Karma Nirvana , adopted the spoon method in 2011 after a 16 year old girl contacted their help line before being taken on a holiday to Pakistan. Last year the charity took 9,000 calls on its forced marriage help line many from children aged 15 and younger.

David Myres , joint head of the governments Forced Marriage Unit said the spoon method was not ‘bullet proof’ , ” We advocate early prevention , working within these communities , to speak with these children even before they reach the airport. We want them to know that help is available “.

Harinder Kaur , the social , culture and ethos leader at the Co operative Academy of Leeds , said she knew that some children had disappeared during school holidays , and one came back pregnant after being forced into a marriage abroad. ” This is happening to children and we need to act to protect them.  As educators , we have a responsibility to empower children with the knowledge and ability to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others.”

Needles to say , there has been no mention in the mainstream media of the word ‘ Muslim ‘ in any of this. The fact that this forced marriage culture is being imported wholesale is also not mentioned. And there is , of course , a deafening silence from all those Me Too people.

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