ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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EAST AFRICA-Integration via Forced Marriage

EAST AFRICA Integration via Forced Marriage? LAST week in Zanzibar four young Asian girls were forcibly taken from their homes and rushed through a cere- mony of marriage with elderly members of the Revolutionary Council that has ruled the island since the revolution in 1964. The girls protested, and their parents and relatives questioned the validity of the marriages as well as the credentials of the Kadhi, the officiating priest. For their pains they were charged with obstruction and locked up. The incident raised a storm of protest throughout East Africa, particularly among Muslim organisations. The President of Zanzibar, Abeed Karume, reacted by saying that the people of Zanzibar were free and would not heed what malicious people outside said about them. He had plans, he said, for more such mixed marriages, which he saw as the only way to the integration of the various races living in Zanzibar. If anyone in Zanzibar was not satisfied with what was happening there, he was quite free to pack up and leave.

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