A Muslim teenager who could be at risk of being radicalised has been told to watch more television, a family court judge heard. The 17-year-old is one of a number of Muslim girls at the centre of a court litigation after social services feared she might be at risk of travelling to Syria as a Jihadi bride.
An independent social worker is believed to have prepared a report on the teenager for the judge, with one of the recommendations being that the teen should spend more time in front of the TV. According to the Telegraph, Justice Hayden is analyzing the case at hearings in the Family Division of the High Court and will make a decision on how the teen can be protected after a two-week hearing in April. Justice Hayden has ruled that the girl cannot be named.
It is believed that the girl's father supports the idea of encouraging his daughter to watch more TV to avoid radicalisation. A number of girls from east London are facing family court litigation after police and social services raised concerns about them possibly being exposed to Islamic State (Daesh) ideology.
While Barrister Sarah Morgan QC acknowledged the irony of the recommendation and said she could already "imagine the headlines", she stuck by what she proposed. The Barrister said at a hearing in London: "Unusually, the recommendation is more television. The thinking is that it will be a portal to a wider world – football, boys and so on."
Justice Hayden has been examining several cases involving teenage girls from east London who are feared to be at risk of radicalisation and travelling to Syria. He has already made a number of teenager wards of court, which prevents them from leaving England and Wales without the permission of a judge, following which they would require an application from social services bosses.
In February 2015 three British teenagers ran away from home to join Isis as ihadi brides. The three students from Bethnal Green Academy in east London made headlines across the globe as they became one of the first high-profile cases of young women leaving to join Isis terrorists in Syria.