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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

New Afghan law aims to silence women

A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country plagued by honour killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse.

The small but significant change to Afghanistan’s criminal prosecution code bans relatives of an accused person from testifying against them. Most violence against women in Afghanistan is within the family, so the law — passed by parliament but awaiting the signature of the president, Hamid Karzai — will effectively silence victims as well as most potential witnesses to their suffering.

“It is a travesty this is happening,” said Manizha Naderi, director of the charity and campaign group Women for Afghan Women. “It will make it impossible to prosecute cases of violence against women… The most vulnerable people won’t get justice now.” Under the new law, prosecutors could never come to court with cases like that of Sahar Gul, a child bride whose in-laws chained her in a basement and starved, burned and whipped her when she refused to work as a prostitute for them. Women like 31-year-old Sitara, whose nose and lips were sliced off by her husband at the end of last year, could never take the stand against their attackers.

“Honour” killings by fathers and brothers who disapprove of a woman’s behaviour would be almost impossible to punish. Forced marriage and the sale or trading of daughters to end feuds or settle debt would also be largely beyond the control of the law in a country where prosecution of abuse is already rare.

 

Read More: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/new-afghan-law-aims-to-silence-women/article5655919.ece

16-year-old ‘forced to marry’ despite protection order

After her wedding reception, which was attended by between 550 and 1000 guests, the teenager went to a police station “in her pyjamas and in a distressed state”, a court heard.Her mother and aunt were subsequently arrested for allegedly breaching a forced marriage protection order which had been issued in November.They appeared at Luton County Court on Tuesday. The court heard that the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, first went to Bedfordshire Police for help in 2012.

16-year-old 'forced to marry

(Posed by model) The girl’s mother and aunt were subsequently arrested for allegedly breaching a forced marriage protection order

James Weston, counsel for the force, said she told officers that her family had threatened to send her abroad to marry. She also claimed she was told that if she refused she would be “taken to Pakistan and shot, and everybody back home would be told it was suicide”. As a result, she was made the subject of a forced marriage protection order. The order, backed by the power of arrest, banned the child’s marriage without permission of the court. It also prevented her from travelling abroad and banned her mother from arranging a marriage, or enlisting the help of someone else to arrange it.

 

Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10085245/16-year-old-forced-to-marry-despite-protection-order.html

Lovers end life after girl forced to marry another youth in Surat

SURAT: Two lovers from Naldhari village of Valiya taluka in Bharuch died on Friday during treatment after consuming pesticide. The deceased lovers were hurt after forced marriage of the girl with another youth and committed suicide.

Sangita Vasava, 23, had developed relationship with neighbour Paresh Vasava, 25, few years back. Both residents of Naldhari village have promised each other to get married after permission from family members. However, Sangita’s family wanted her to get married to another youth in a neighbouring village. Sangita was forced to marry to another youth in April and after staying for few days with her husband she came to hear parents home as part of ritual.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Lovers-end-life-after-girl-forced-to-marry-another-youth-in-Surat/articleshow/20017895.cms

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