An outraged father of three enjoying a day out with his young sons in a U.K. park was branded a “pervert” by other parkgoers after he snapped photos of his own kids, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
Gary Crutchley, 39, was photographing his two youngest sons Cory, 7, and Miles, 5, on an inflatable slide when a woman running the slide asked that he stop. When he protested, other families waiting on the slide line also demanded he put the camera away.
One woman accused Crutchley of taking photos of children to put on the Internet and called him a pervert, he told the Mail.
The accusations got so out of hand that Crutchley had to get two policemen to confirm he had done nothing wrong, the paper reported.
“What is the world coming to when anybody seen with a camera is assumed to be doing things that they should not?” Crutchley asked in an interview with the Daily Mail. “This parental paranoia is getting completely out of hand. I was so shocked.”
Seriously, are we paranoid or what? Is our desperation to rid the world of perverts so great that anybody even remotely exhibiting any possible sign of one that we have to attack them? Even if it is just verbally? What next, have all males register their cameras?
It’s a sad day when you can’t even take photos of your own kids.
Speaking of kids…
SANAA, Yemen (CNN) — Nujood Ali is 10 years old, but she already has been married and divorced. It was an arranged marriage in which she said a husband three times her age routinely beat and raped her.
“I didn’t want to sleep with him, but he forced me to. He hit me, insulted me.”
Nujood’s parents married her off in February to a man in his 30s whom she describes as old and ugly.
Her parents said they thought they were putting her in the care of her husband’s family, but Nujood said he would often beat her into submission.
Nujood then turned to her family for mercy.
“When I heard, my heart burned for her; he wasn’t supposed to sleep with her,” said Nujood’s mother, who asked not to be identified.
Nujood’s father, Ali Mohammed Ahdal, said he is angry about what happened to his daughter. “He was a criminal, a criminal. He did hateful things to her,” he said. “He didn’t keep his promise to me that he wouldn’t go near her until she was 20.”
Nujood’s parents, like so many others in Yemen, struck a social bargain when they decided to have their daughter wed. More than half of all Yemeni girls are married off before the age of 18, according to Oxfam International, a nonprofit group that fights global poverty and injustice.
Bashren calls the tradition of child brides in Yemen a national crisis. She works with young girls to protect them from early marriage, abuse and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
“A lot of people in the public don’t think that this is wrong or that what happened to her was abuse,” Bashren said.
In the West, taking pictures of your kids makes you a pervert. In the Middle East, you can marry a 10 year old, beat them and have sex with them and it’s ok. Is it just me, or is something wrong with this picture?