Muslim Member of Scottish Parliament Angry About Airport Check

30.07.2011

While returning from holiday, Glasgow MSP Humza Yousaf was selected for security checks from among returning passengers at Edinburgh airport. The Scottish Herald reports that checks according to Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act (the so-called “skin color check”) had previously angered Muslims so much that they threatened to boycott Scottish airports in favor of flying from Manchester to avoid what they perceive as harassment.

Husbands in forced marriages face rape charges

Husbands involved in forced marriages could face prosecution for rape under tough new laws being planned by leading Scottish Asians. As many as 300 young women are believed to be coerced into marriage against their will annually in Scotland, with violence and even murder being the result in a small number of cases. England is introducing new civil laws to ban the practice south of the border, but heads of the Islamic community in Scotland are pushing for new criminal sanctions. As well as prosecuting husbands for rape, relatives involved in forced marriages could find themselves charged with aiding and abetting a crime. Among those leading the campaign is Bashir Ahmad, a Nationalist MSP in Glasgow, who became aware of the extent of forced marriage while a councillor in the city. He said: “If forced marriages were a criminal offence it would be a real deterrent and I will be bringing forward a Private Members Bill on this. Making it a civil offence might be a good first step but it may not go far enough.”http://www.themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=BAA9F82DA62E054E56CF740A&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News