SBS Insight Program -
Arranged and Forced Marriages - Observations
The program on Arranged Marriages (in all its
various guises) went to air Tues. 13 March.
I thought the Insight program on arranged and
forced marriage was less sensational and better balanced than similar
Insight programs on controversial topics last year.
It presented views from those who supported
arranged marriage and those who felt it was not for them. Participants
came from Muslim and non-Muslim communities and there was no sense of the
usual tabloid tactic of blaming Muslims for all the problems which might
arise out of the subject matter.
Jamila Hussain, Australian Muslim Women’s
‘Not One and the Same Thing’
There is a general misconception that arranged and
forced marriages are one and the same thing. It was therefore refreshing
to see that Insight was willing to explore the clear differences between
the two, and provide a platform for people from a diversity of faiths and
backgrounds to share their positive experiences of arranged marriages, as
well as highlight the unacceptable situation of women and men being forced
Randa Abdel - Fattah, author, lawyer, human