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What is the connection between forced marriage and slavery? At its core, slavery involves treating people as if they are property

When I was thirteen, even though I didn’t realise it at the time, I was incredibly lucky to be ‘suffering’ through high school and working at the local burger joint on weekends.

Not all girls are this fortunate.

Consider Shahida’s situation.

When Shahida was 13, her father arranged for her to marry a 45-year-old man who had promised her family money in exchange.

She was very unhappy with her husband but endured life with him for a year before running back to her home. Her father was very angry. He beat her and yelled at her to go back to her marriage, but Shahida thought that even this was not as bad as life with her husband. When she refused to return, her father dug a deep hole in the ground. He forced her into it and began covering her.

Shahida still wonders if he really would have buried her alive if the neighbours hadn’t heard her screaming and stopped him.

What is the connection between forced marriage and slavery? At its core, slavery involves treating people as if they are property. What can you do if you own a car or a mobile phone? You can drive it, you can sell it, give it away, trade it in, take it to the rubbish dump if you choose.

Shahida’s experience illustrates the connection between slavery and forced marriage only too well. Being traded for money like a piece of property. Forced to have sex with no regard to your health, physical or psychological, or other wants or needed. Being brutally threatened to be buried alive when you try to leave.

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Double suicide tragedy as two 19-year-old girls are found hanged after they were forced to marry against their will in India

Two 19-year-old girls have been found hanged after they were forced to marry against their will in India.

Police discovered Asha Shrikant Burud and Swati Umesh Zanjare hanging from a tree in a jungle and instantly described their deaths as suicide. The two young women were married off in a mass ceremony at the start of the month in Ambegaon taluka, western India, and had gone missing 10 days later.

Asha Shrikant BurudSwati Umesh Zanjare

Their families, from the village of Asane, last saw them when they set off to gather wood and fruit in a nearby forest and reported them missing three days ago.

Police said they probably committed suicide because they were married off against their wishes.

Inspector Girish Dighavkar of the Ghodegaon police station said, ‘Based on the primary investigation, we believe that the two have committed suicide.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3593277/Double-suicide-tragedy-two-19-year-old-girls-hanged-forced-marry-against-India.html#ixzz48tpZ3342

Parents fined for breaching forced marriage order ‘were taking daughter to Pakistan to see dying grandparents’

Parents who tried to take their daughter to Pakistan to see her dying grandparents have been fined after flouting the terms of a forced marriage protection order.

The family, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were ‘detained’ by police at the departure gate at Manchester Airport. They were trying to board a flight to Pakistan with their teenage daughter and other family members in July 2015.

Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard that the couple were in breach of a forced marriage protection order imposed at Manchester Family Court in March 2015.  However defence lawyers for the family argued that the parents believed the order had been rescinded so the youngster could leave the country of her own free will.

The court heard that her mother had been acting on ‘egregious information’ from the police and social services.

District judge Samuel Goozee said there had been ‘a wholesale breakdown’ by the police, social services and the school in relation to the order.

 

Read More: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/forced-marriage-order-parents-fined-11313484

Marriage victims forced underground

In July 2014 it became a criminal offence to forced someone into marriage, but a Bristol-based charity says the law could be forcing victims to “go underground” rather than see their family charged.

Following a Freedom of Information request to HM Courts and Tribunal Service it was revealed that there have been “fewer than five forced marriage protection orders” made in Bristol since the introduction of the new legislation.

An order can help prevent people being married against their will, stop them being taken abroad to marry and force people to hand in passports.

“The Bristol statistics are disappointing and concerning and we need to find out why,” says Sabeena Suleman, a lawyer who helps run the Sky Project.

 

Read More: http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/features/investigations/marriage-victims-forced-underground-bristol

Revealed: The number of court orders to protect people from forced marriages on Teesside

 

The Gazette asked the Ministry of Justice under Freedom of Information laws how many times this had happened at Teesside County Court .

Teesside Law Courts at Middlesbrough

Their response was that there were 20 applications for these orders between January 2010 and September 2015 at the court on Russell Street in Middlesbrough.

A total of six were granted.

The exclusive data we have obtained doesn’t go into any more details about the individual cases, or exactly what the terms of the orders were.

However, in general, Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPOs) can do things like stopping people getting married against their will, stopping being taken abroad to marry and compelling people to hand in passports.

Read More: http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/revealed-number-court-orders-protect-11135424

Forest Gate students organise forced marriage campaign

Everyone should have a choice in who they marry. That was the message at Azhar Academy Girls School, who arranged a forced marriage campaign to raise awareness of the issue.

Guest speakers at the school in Romford Road, Forest Gate, included representatives from the government’s Forced Marriage Unit and the Sharan project, which helps vulnerable women from south Asian communities.

Also speaking at the event was Cmdr Mak Chishty, the highest-ranking Muslim police officer in the UK.

Part of the afternoon saw girls and guests alike write statements on why they are against forced marriage, which were then put on display in the school.

Organisers Sabah Athar, 14, Arooj Khan, 14 and Maryam Rashid, 15

Organisers Sabah Athar, 14, Arooj Khan, 14 and Maryam Rashid, 15

They also learnt about the signs of forced marriage and where to go for support should they or a friend find themselves at risk.

Read More:  http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/education/forest_gate_students_organise_forced_marriage_campaign_1_4462408

The girls who escaped ISIS – but still became child brides: Pictures of the tragic refugees who were forced to marry because their families can’t afford to keep them

Syrian girls as young as nine are being forced to marry men double their age to escape war and poverty in their homeland.

Pregnant mother-of-one Marwa, 15, was just 12 years old when she wed her husband, now 23, because her father could no longer afford to look after his large family.

And Rukayya, who is just 14 years old, was given a teddy bear as an engagement gift ahead of her own nuptials. They are just two of a whole generation of Syrian girls living in a makeshift camp in Hawsh el Harimi, which ironically means ‘place of women’, in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, who have become child brides.

Young: Syrian girl Rukayya, 14, holds a teddy bear in her arms, which was given to her as an engagement gift ahead of upcoming nuptials 

Young: Syrian girl Rukayya, 14, holds a teddy bear in her arms, which was given to her as an engagement gift ahead of upcoming nuptials 

Photographer Laura Aggio Caldon, who is based in Italy, travelled to the village last year to document the girls’ distressing stories.

She said the marriages, caused by Syria’s civil war, are creating a ‘lost generation’, CNN reports. Writing on her website, Ms Caldon said: ‘Early marriages were practiced even before the Syrian crisis, but the impoverishment of families, poor security and the war have facilitated the rise of this phenomenon.

‘Marriages in refugee camps in Lebanon often involve girls of 11 to 13 years, and extreme cases of girls as young as nine years old.

‘Parents often give economic reasons and security to explain what pushes them into marrying off their daughters.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3493143/The-refugees-forced-child-brides-Portraits-tragic-girls-fled-ISIS-married-age-NINE.html#ixzz43BD7K3pX
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People in Leeds urged to get involved in forced marriage web chat

A West Yorkshire Police boss will host a dedicated web chat discussing forced marriage.

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Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, is hosting the web chat to give members of the public the chance to talk about the issue. It will be held from 7pm to 8pm on Tuesday, March 22.

Read more: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/people-in-leeds-urged-to-get-involved-in-forced-marriage-web-chat-1-7798876#ixzz435B0LevW

Slough charity to train hairdressers to spot forced marriage

Hairdressers and beauticians are to be trained to spot the signs of forced marriage.

Slough charity Jeena International is launching an initiative in the Houses of Parliament later.

Founder Rani Bilku said people in the wedding industry would be trained to identify potential victims and know who to alert. Potential signs included a booking being made days ahead of the event or by someone other than the bride.

Ms Bilku said: “If a professional thinks, something doesn’t add up, we want to make sure they know where to go.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-35742868

 

Forced Marriage Campaign: Seasonal Reminder Ahead of Easter School Holidays

Ahead of the start of the school Easter holiday, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and West Yorkshire Police is reminding people of the signs to look out for of forced marriage and honour-based violence.

Campaign poster

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used.

The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor.

From June 2014, it became a crime to force someone to marry against their will.

Over the school holidays intelligence suggests that there tends to be an increase in forced marriages. In the run up to, and over the easter holidays, officers are working with schools, airport staff and the wider community in raising awareness of the signs to spot that someone may be being forced to marry against their will or be a victim of honour-based violence.

Read More: http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news/forced-marriage-campaign-seasonal-reminder-ahead-easter-school-holidays

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