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Saturday, 4 July 2009

UK: Government worried about "forced marriages" s

The government's Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) says it has received 770 calls for help this year - up 16% on 2008.
Experts say the coming month will be critical because there is growing evidence that abusive families use the school summer holidays to coerce daughters and sons to marry abroad.
The new guidance published by the FMU urges teachers to be aware of signs of a possible forced marriage because school or college is often the only place where the potential victim can speak freely.
Via Bivouac.


Maggie Thornton said...

My gosh, who every heard of a Forced Marriage Unit???? After making the phone call I wonder what happens to the girl. I always wonder, where are the mothers? Why aren't they doing something about this?

Claudia said...

Extraordinary, isn't it? To think that Great Britain, of all places, should have a "FMU".
Well, the mothers are convinced they are doing this for the sake of their daughters. If you would have been forced to marry when you were 8 or 10 yrs-old, it's probable you're going to see it as "normal".
I wonder what happens after the call, too.

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