An east London schoolgirl who was “radicalised” by Islamic State propaganda provided by her “deceitful parents” must be removed from her home for her own safety, a judge has said.
The “intelligent, educated, ambitious” 16-year-old from Tower Hamlets, who has already attempted to travel to Syria to become a “jihadi bride”, has been bombarded with pictures of beheadings, material on bomb making and how jihadists should “hide” their identity, the High Court heard.
Mr Justice Hayden, sitting at the court in London, said the girl, who can only be referred to as “B”, was suffering “psychological and emotional harm” through exposure to extremism of a kind similar to that seen in sex abuse cases.
He said B was one of a number of cases within the borough where “intelligent young girls – highly motivated academically” had been “captured and seduced by the belief that travelling to Syria to become what are known as jihadi brides is a somewhat romantic and honourable path for them and their families”.
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