Dear Mufti Tariq Masood, pedophilia and child marriage is not something to laugh about!

Prominent religious preacher Mufti Tariq Masood has spread a controversy after a sermon of his, in which he openly approved of ‘pedophilia’ and ‘child marriage.’

During the sermon, he said that if a person marries three widows, he will get him a fourth bride, which will be a ‘virgin’.

“Change my name if I don’t get you a fourth virgin wife after you marry three widows or divorcees…Mufti Tariq Masood will find you a 16-year-old or two eight-year-old or four four-years-old” he said in a video that is now making rounds on the internet.

What’s even more mind-boggling is that as soon as those words came out of his mouth, he began to laugh along with his followers.

Child marriage and pedophilia – Pakistan’s own ticking bomb

Is child marriage something to joke about? No, it is absolutely not. Taking into account the current state of women in Pakistan, where sexual assault, harassment, and rape against women and also minors, is a persistent issue, religious clerics have a big responsibility on their shoulders.

Not too long ago, the news of a four-year-old rape survivor shook the entire country, and the young girl is still in the hospital fighting the battle of life and death. Another one is the case of Arzoo Raja, and another ‘Zainab’ case, where the victim was just a two-year-old baby. Religious preachers don’t even touch these cases, but one thing they love to joke about is ‘pedophilia,’ Pakistan’s own ticking bomb.

Pakistan is the country with the highest number of child brides globally, and the negative consequences of this are beyond the girls themselves. We are already seeing a disturbing rise in rape cases in the country, where mainly victims are minors, and it is in times like these, we need to discourage these practices and think about the well-being, health, and security of our children. The last thing our country needs is prominent religious clerics like Tariq Masood sitting in front of a large gathering of people and joke about ‘underage marriages’ and ‘pedophilia.’

This isn’t the first time religious scholars have encouraged or joked about pedophilia, the ‘derogatory humor’ is actually quite persistent. Tariq Masood’s comments are proof that the safety of women and minors is not something that bothers them, which is why, instead of taking this valuable time to turn people away from the common ‘practice’, he is joking about it, like it is a light-hearted matter.

What are your views on this? Share in the comments bar below.

  • Xyz says:

    It was just for fun. He never meant it that way . Instead he wanted to urge people to look after widows and divorcees

  • Pakistani says:

    Liberals again spreading false rumors and accusations based on incomplete information from an ages old cut short clip exposing their own heinous agendas. Typical #fakemetoo wannabe supporters

  • Anonymous says:

    This is ridiculous… He claims to be a cleric or mufti… It is really shameful the way he is talking about women, as if they aren’t more than commodities on sale, and that two 8 years and four 4 years bride statement is beyond condemnable… What he is doing is just putting derogatory and negative image of Islam before the conspirators of Islam, actually this may drive people away, especially women from getting to know about Islam… But the most shocking part is that a large section of people are defending him saying that he was just joking… Come-on, if this joke, then get your sense of humour tested… Just hope that there are people around us who could propagate true teachings and core essence of Islam…

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