National helpline to discourage forced marriages in UK

national help line on the issue has been launched by the forced marriage unit at Home Office London in order to discourage the menace of the issue of forced marriages through civil legislature and with the coordination of the civil society. This was disclosed here yesterday by Ms. Victoria White, the visiting Caseworker of the British Foreign & Common Wealth office in London while addressing a news conference here on Tuesday during her day-long official trip to this city of over a million Britain-based Kashmiri expatriates.

The British diplomat was accompanied by Albert David, Consular Operations in the British High Commission and Mrs. Neelam Farooq, head of Consular Operations, British High CommissionIslamabad and other two-member official team of the experts from the BHC. She pointed out least 47 percent of the total of 1500 cases of forced marriages from various countries, registered with the Forced Marriage Unit of the British Home office in London, belong to Pakistan, mostly Azad Jammu & Kashmir.


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