Courts step in to stop nine-year-old girl from being sent to Afghanistan to marry her cousin, 18

Police and social workers stepped in to stop a nine-year-old girl from being sent to Afghanistan to marry an 18-year-old cousin, a judge heard.

The girl’s mother had told social services staff that her father was planning the trip, Mr Justice MacDonald heard. Another judge had made both parents the subject of forced marriage protection orders after child protection specialists began legal moves.

Orders barred the couple from ‘permitting’ the girl to ‘undergo marriage’. Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling by Mr Justice MacDonald following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

The girl had been temporarily taken into local authority care in the wake of her mother’s allegation

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