Because of stories like this one:
A man who encouraged his teenage son to marry and rape his 12-year-old cousin has been jailed.
The 54-year-old organised a sham Muslim ceremony between his son, then 16, and the girl at his home in Woolwich, south-east London, in March last year.
At Wood Green Crown Court the boy got an 18-month supervision order for rape.
The fathers of the boy and girl were both jailed for three years for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity following an illegal marriage.
The boy’s mother, 54, was given a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years, for the same offence.
She was also ordered to do 200 hours of community service.
I don’t care why these people behave this way – culture, religion, voices in their head. What I care about is that there be only one law that applies to everyone equally. Raping a 12-year-old (who, in many countries including Canada, could not legally give consent to sexual relations) is always wrong and should be punished severely. Marrying a 12-year-old is, likewise, illegal. And it is extremely dangerous to allow a parallel system of “justice” to exist, especially one that is renowned for the often atrocious way it treats girls and women.
It’s not very complicated. You’d think even politicians would understand that.