“I took off my hijab, and I threw it on the floor and my brother got really mad. It’s the worst thing I could have done to offend my religion, aside from burn or tear the Koran.
“My mother, she kind of stood still, and started listening, and it was very liberating that she finally wanted to hear what I had to say.
“I told her about my sexuality and I said ‘that’s right, I do meet girls, and I love it’ and I told her that she had been hurting me really badly, and I will never forgive her.”
Read the full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11613992
Wow. Read the article. I lack words to express how horrible this is. It only gets worse…
Aware that her parents had deep religious and cultural objections to homosexuality, Reviva gently tried to make them aware of her situation, but was quickly rebuffed:
"I tried to introduce it to them, because I knew it was a thing you don’t talk about. It’s forbidden. But once you mention ‘homosexual’ the discussion is over. You can’t go into detail about it."
Far from accepting the situation, Reviva’s parents set up weekly meetings with eligible bachelors - and reacted with violence when their teenage daughter refused to play along.
"The worst thing they tried was burning my hand on the stove. Anything they could grab, they’d hit you until you’d sort of pass out.
"They always tried to hit me where it couldn’t be seen, to hide the scars. Because don’t forget I was meant to get married, so I was meant to have skin that isn’t damaged."
Reviva says she attempted suicide several times, knowing that she could never satisfy her parents, for whom she reserves an unmistakable venom.
This is so bad and commonplace that the UK has a Forced Marriage Unit to deal with these cases and help the victims. Can you believe it?!!?!!!
Where are the defenders of Islam? If such homophobia and blatant oppression of women is not “true” Islam, what is it then? How is it that such evil is so common in Islamic families/groups/countries? And this is in the UK!!! Can you imagine the same situation in the Middle East? Isn’t it obvious that such homophobia is scripturally advanced and supported? How can one be a Muslim knowing these things? How can anyone think the Quran is the word of god when it condemns others for who they are? When it discriminates against gays even though their conduct does not affect others? How can people defend evil and worship such an evil imaginary being as Allah?
Long story short, she was shipped to the middle east for a forced marriage. They even tried to exorcise her (read article for details) to cure her from the “gay” and when all failed they pushed her to take her own life.
After coming back to the UK, the police were contacted and they had to break into the house to rescue her. Literally.
And so Reviva is free - or at least as free as anyone with her history can be.
Already many of the physical signs of her torment have started to heal, but mentally it will take much longer.
"The worst thing is the emotional side of it - knowing your parents think you’re not worth anything.
"Scars always fade but knowing your parents hate you? That doesn’t change."
You can hear the full report at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vh9ky