Government accused of inaction as number of British girls forced into marriages abroad has soared by a third, The Independent, 19th August 2018
Monday, August 20th, 2018
“The number of girls being forced into marriage ahead of the summer holiday period has increased by more than a third in recent years, according to a leading charity which has accused the government of an abject failure to get to grips with the problem”, writes Maya Oppenheim in The Independent.
Karma Nirvana condemned the Home Office for shelving a campaign raising awareness of the practice, which sees girls taken abroad to be married off to strangers, in the “critical” run-up to the summer break – the time of the year when the problem is at its peak.
Jasvinder Sanghera, CBE, founder and chief executive of the charity, warned thousands of girls would not be returning to school in September, having had their educations cut off and – in many cases – been left trapped in a cycle of poverty after falling victim to the offence.
‘There is no doubt there will be thousands of girls across Britain who will not return to school in September,’
Ms Sanghera, who set up the charity in 2008 after escaping a forced marriage by running away from home aged 16, demanded that sex within such unions be treated as rape.
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Government accused of inaction as number of British girls forced into marriages abroad has soared by a third since 2015 – The Independent, 19th August 2018