UK accused of turning blind eye to forced marriages to grant visas, The Guardian, 2nd August 2018

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

The Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas, charities have said.

Officials dealt with nearly 90 cases of victims trying to block visas last year, although almost half were still issued, data obtained by the Times suggests.

Women and girls are being physically and sexually abused by the men whose cases go unchallenged by authorities, charities say.

One group said some immigration officials were “turning a blind eye” amid concerns over cultural or religious sensitivities.

Read the full article online at https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/02/uk-accused-of-turning-blind-eye-to-forced-marriages-to-grant-visas