YWN recently reported that police intervened and broke up a chasunah in the “shawl cult”, involving a 13-year-old kallah and a 16-year-old chosson.
The “shawl cult” refers to an extremist sub-group which requires women to wear full-body ‘burqa’-style coverings. The group has been condemned by the vast majority of mainstream Gedolei Torah and rabbonim.
In the latest case, revealed by Kikar Shabbos News, a 13-year-old chosson, a day after his bar mitzvah, was married to a 12-year-old kallah in Meah Shearim in the presence of a minyan. Even more shocking, the father of the kallah was abroad – only learning of the wedding after his return home. He was angered and the situation led to police being summoned, and the father was detained for a number of hours by police and then released.
The report quotes a woman from the shawl cult explaining, “While we marry minors, this case is extreme, even for us, as there are limits.”
Police continue to assign measurable resources to prevent such weddings, but of late, it appears the shawl cult is marrying off its young while police remain in the dark.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)