Majority of UK’s forced marriage cases linked to Pakistan
- Out of 1,756 cases of forced marriages of British citizens reported last year around 40 percent of the cases were related to Pakistan, says UK’s Forced Marriage Unit’s Co-Chairperson.
- The number of forced marriages between Pakistani and British people is higher than those between British citizens and foreigners from other countries.
The issue of forced marriage is not only limited to Pakistan but does have its presence among the people outside the country. Despite being the criminal offense the forced marriages take common ground in Pakistan.
Nearly half of all the cases of forced marriages of British citizens, including both men and women were linked to Pakistan. Both the states need to make relevant laws to halt the practice, stated the UK’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) Co-Chairperson Niamh Connolly.
The forced marriage cases involving UK citizens targeted people between the ages of 18 to 25 years and up to 80 percent of the people affected were women, Niamh informed. She said this while addressing a gathering of journalists at the British High Commission this Friday, a report from the Tribune read.
She also said that the United Kingdom, as working on the United Nations’ forced marriage convention, needs to take action against the forced marriage of underage British citizens in order to provide legal protection to those affected by the offense.
Last year some 1,756 cases of forced marriages of British citizens appeared to the limelight and of these around 40 percent of the cases were related to Pakistan, she added.
Regarding Pakistani cases, she said that the majority of them relate to Mirpur city of Azad Jammu and Kashmir while the country has an average of 70 to 90 cases of forced marriages of British citizens every year. The number of forced marriages between Pakistani and British people is higher than those between British citizens and foreigners from other countries.
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