A Glas gow-based Islamic scholar has told young British muslim grooms with origins in the Indian sub-continent to marry women born in Scotland rather than “import” wives from India and Pakistan. Parents of Asian children born and brought up in Britain prefer to “import” wives from India and Pakistan on the assumption that they are better cultured and make better wives than Asian women born and brought up with western values in Britain. The result is that there are many young Asian women who have been ‘left on the shelf’.
Islamic scholar who set up a family counseling service, said: “I would say the situation is at a critical level. There are many well-educated women up and down the country who want to get married but are not finding the right match.” He told the Glasgow media, “There is an acute shortage of suitable male options and the ones, who are available, are getting married from back home.
Consequently, this leads to many women reluctantly having to bring someone over from south Asia and that can lead to problems. “Importing wives from Pakistan who cannot speak English has implications for their integration with British society,” he said. “The men coming over have a different mentality and are not used to seeing a female working or having a life outside of the home, so it makes sense to marry within the UK.”