Marriages such as Selamha's represented a "medievalism which became outdated in Europe centuries ago one commentator said. But the girl's mother said she was 10, and a forensic examination in the hospital agreed, saying she had not yet started menstruating or developing secondary sexual characteristics. But when the mullah spoke in his own defense and claimed she had seduced him, the girl stopped sobbing and pulled aside her veil enough to speak directly to him.
Several women would come in and would speak loudly without any respect for public behaviour. Her beating him up, as in this case, becomes a more likely option. The Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI) has told him to choose four of them, divorce the other 82, and repent for his sins within three days.