Forced marriage is inhumane, unacceptable – and not illegal in the UK
It is a disgrace that forced marriage is only a matter for civil law – I welcome Theresa May taking steps to change this
Published on Comment is Free, The Guardian, Wednesday 14th December 2011
By Sayeeda Warsi
A 15-year-old girl is midway through her GCSEs when she is taken out of school. Little do her classmates know, she has been packed off abroad to marry a man she has never met, a man to whom she has been “promised” since birth. They never see her again.
This sounds like the stuff of a bygone era, of faraway places, even fiction. But, in 2011, here in Britain, the forcing of women or girls into marriage is a sad reality for thousands of people.