Runaway Princess and Marine Love Story Fails!
Have you heard of the Bahraini princess Mariam Al Khalifa and the US marine Jason Johnsons story?
The story started in January 1999 when Johnson was sent to serve his duty for one year in Bahrain. Mariam Al-Khalifa is a relative of Bahrainís king, Sheik Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa.
The couple met at a mall and immediately fell in love. Johnson was a strict Mormon Christian and she was a Muslim. After a series of incidents, which involved the secret police of Bahrain following the Princess with the young marine, her family were informed and ordered an end to the romance. However the young and hopeful couple continued to secretly exchange letters through a store employee at the mall.
Johnson managed to arrange a runaway plan in order to marry the princess. He forged military documents, making out that she was a US marine wanting to return to the states.
When the couple reached the states, Bahrain had informed the government of the princess' absence and Johnson was demoted and discharged from the Marines.
The couple married in Las Vegas on Nov. 16, 1999. Mariam was only 19!!! And since then she has been seeking asylum.
However within the past year, it has become known that the princess and the marine had a divorce, and she is seeing another rich LA businessman. Do you think that this childhood fantasy which lost her, her reputation (as a Muslim woman), her family and her luxurious lifestyle (as a princess) was worth it?
Do you believe that the princess is now being punished for her wrong doings and she should regret what she has done? Or do you see what she did as an act of great bravery, courage and determination?
She has not been banned from the Bahrain apparently; however she has decided not to return to the Bahrain in fear of her life. Her family issued a statement which firmly said that they would not harm or hurt Princess Mariam Al Khalifa in any way, shape or form if she decided to return.
What punishment do you think she should encounter? If she should be punished at all?
Finally has it become more common for young Muslim girls, who feel that they are suppressed by their families to runaway in modern day society?
Give us your views on this story.
By guest writer Sarah
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