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MailOnline

The agony of the British girls being forced illegally into marriage, Daily Mail, 15th June 2018

Published: Tuesday 19th June 2018

On the outskirts of a remote village in Bangladesh, an 18-year-old girl runs for her life down a dusty track. Screaming with fear, she falls into the arms of a waiting police officer who immediately bundles her into a nearby car. The teenager is so terrified that she wedges herself into the footwell, begging them to drive […]

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Sky News

Couple convicted for luring daughter to forced marriage, Sky News, 29th May 2018

Published: Tuesday 29th May 2018

A man and a woman have been convicted of forcing their 19-year-old daughter to marry her first cousin, leaving her “almost suicidal”. The couple had lured their daughter to Bangladesh in 2016, telling her they were going for a six-week holiday to visit family and celebrate Eid. But hours after she arrived the girl’s father […]

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The Guardian

Thousands enslaved in forced marriages across UK, investigation finds, The Guardian, 28th May 2018

Published: Tuesday 29th May 2018

More than 3,500 reports of forced marriage were made to police over a three-year period, a Guardian investigation has found, as charities warned that there were thousands more victims living in conditions of modern slavery in homes across the UK. Data shared exclusively with the Guardian revealed 3,546 reports between 2014 and 2016. But experts […]

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MailOnline

Campaigners call for crackdown on forced marriages as police reveal more than 3,500 cases in Britain in just three years, Mail Online, 29th May 2018

Published: Tuesday 29th May 2018

Campaigners are calling for tougher penalties on forced marriages after more than 3,500 cases were reported to police within just three years. The data reveals the extent of the modern slavery problem currently facing Britain, with thousands more calls about forced marriage made to women’s groups and charities in recent years. Support group Karma Nirvana […]

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Independent

Slaves on our Streets: ‘Honour-based’ abuse and forced marriage rife in London, campaigners warn, Independent, 8th November 2017

Published: Monday 27th November 2017

Victims of “honour-based” abuse in London are being forced into marriages where they face a life of modern slavery, campaigners warned today. They spoke out as a joint investigation by The Independent and the London Evening Standard found tens of thousands of girls and women in the capital are hidden victims of such abuse. Police […]

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BBC News

LGBT Asians turning to marriages of convenience, BBC, 8th November 2017

Published: Monday 27th November 2017

The number of LGBT people from South Asian communities going online to find gay partners of the opposite sex for sham marriages is “the tip of the iceberg”, a campaign group claims. Human rights group Karma Nirvana says those seeking marriages of convenience do so because they fear being disowned. Several websites help gay British […]

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Independent

LGBT British Asians turning to sham marriages over fears of being disowned, Independent, 8th November 2017

Published: Monday 27th November 2017

The number of South Asian people searching online to enter into marriages of convenience in the UK is the “tip of the iceberg”, as helpline calls on the issue rise. Karma Nirvana, a human rights group, claims many people are scared of being disowned by their families if they come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or […]

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Asian Mums Network

Home secretary vows to protect domestic violence legislation from impact of Brexit, Asian Mums Network, 24th September 2017

Published: Monday 27th November 2017

Ever since the vote to leave the EU on the 23rd June 2016, UK citizens have been living under a cloud of uncertainty. Even those who voted for ‘Brexit’ don’t know actually what that means, and what it will cost us individually or as a nation. For organisations and campaigners working with victims of domestic […]

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Shafilea Ahmed

Shafilea Ahmed – Cosmopolitan, 8th September 2017

Published: Sunday 10th September 2017

When 17-year-old Shafilea Ahmed from Warrington was reported missing by her college in 2003, having not turned up for a week, her parents Iftikhar and Farzana denied any knowledge of her whereabouts. Shafilea had been brought up in a Muslim family in the north of England, but defied her family’s traditional culture with her desire […]

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The Yorkshire Post

Home Secretary Amber Rudd visits Karma Nirvana, Yorkshire Post, 30th August 2017

Published: Monday 4th September 2017

Counter-terror programme is “doing a fantastic job” insists Home Secretary Amber Rudd during Leeds visit Home secretary Amber Rudd yesterday issued an unequivocal defence of the Government’s anti-radicalisation programme, after a Yorkshire civil liberties charity called for the controversial policy to be scrapped. Ms Rudd was speaking during a visit to Leeds, where she took […]

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