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A False Fairy Tale Leaves a Child Trapped, A Mother In Crisis In Bahrain

Posted on June 19 2010 2:14 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.
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Yazmin Maribel Bautista, left, and her daughter, Fatima Sadiq Al-Saffar

Contrary to myth, when a perfectly good mother is custodially challenged by her child’s father, she is immediately at risk—most certainly in any Muslim country where the custody of children is viewed as a male religious, tribal, and legal right.

If the mother has grown up in that country, she knows this can happen, which is one reason why Muslim mothers do not seek divorce and “accept” second and third wives into their homes. Western women are different.

Yazmin Maribel Bautista was born in Mexico and moved to Arizona, where she became a naturalized American citizen. Yazmin (a common Mexican name) attended Arizona State University. In 2003-2004, she met Sadiq Jaffar Al-Saffar, a college student; despite their age difference, Yazmin told me that Sadiq pursued her, begged her to marry him. When she was already five months pregnant, she did so. “I trusted him,” she said.

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