Asama Javed is an immigration solicitor and former Labour Party Councillor who lives in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She has been caught out advising that girls could be married off if ‘mentally or physically ready’.
A former Respect party candidate advised there is ‘nothing wrong’ with fathers arranging marriages for some 15-year-olds as it emerged that husbands who rape and abuse their wives are let into the UK.
Footage of her has emerged that has been published in The Times where one of its journalists was told he could marry off his 15-year-old daughter as he posed as a father seeking her advice.
‘If she is mentally or physically ready and she is 15 or 16 years old, then there is no harm in it,’ the 44-year-old told the Pakistani man in front of her. ‘My [friend] was married when she was 15 but, by the grace of God, she was intelligent.’ Telling him that her friend’s daughters were also at ‘the age of marriage’ and will now be wed.
According to the Daily Mail:
As well as working at Reiss Solicitors, she sits on Bradford Council’s fostering panel and is a school governor. The paper deployed its undercover reporter in response to a credible force saying that they believed Mrs Javed was helping families obtain visas and arrange forced marriages. The journalist claimed to have a daughter aged 15 and another who had just turned 18.
Telling Mrs Javed that the older daughter had been married in Pakistan and was pregnant, he claimed that he was hoping to bring her and the husband home to the UK despite telling her that the unhappy daughter did not want to man to come back with her.
Speaking in a mixture of Urdu and English, she told him girls can be ready for marriage below the age of consent – but advised him to wait until his younger daughter was 16 to avoid trouble with the law. She asked the reporter if he believes his younger daughter is ready for marriage, to which he replies ‘no’.
Mrs Javed then responds by saying ‘there is no harm in it’ if the child is ‘mentally and physically ready’ and is aged 15 our 16. But she suggested it was more effective and less risky to win youngsters over by bribing them.
Both George Galloway and Asama Javed were approached for comment but have not responded….