Tag Archives: Forced Marriage

Missing Children In England

Summer is the time to enjoy the weather, visit relatives and see the world, but for thousands of children in the United Kingdom, this is the time of year when they can wind up being married. There is currently a “forced marriage roadshow” in England which is designed to acquaint local officials, particularly police, with the implication of summer for thousands of Muslim teenagers. Many are taken “home” to Pakistan or India where relatives have arranged a marriage ceremony which will bring them a husband or wife. Jasvinder Sanghara, believes aboiut 2,000 children this summer face risk of being compelled to marry against their will. Last year, it was estimated nearly 2,000 children who were in school in the spring never showed up for autumn classes. They all too often graduated into marriage.

There is need for legislation to protect young Muslim teenagers against their own parents. It raises questions concerning the power of the state to intrude into the lives of its citizens. In this case, the rights of children should take precedence over the rights of parents.

Kidnapped Doctor Forced To Marry In Bangladesh

Dr. Huumaryra Abedin left her position in Great Britain as a doctor in order to rush back for a visit to her mother who reportedly was ill. It was the normal consideration any daughter would feel for her mother, but little did the doctor grasped her parents had other thoughts in their mind than a visit from their daughter. They were upset at reports she was dating a Hindu in England, and once in Bangladesh, they forced her to marry a man of their choosing, a nice Muslim boy, that is. Dr. Abedin was able to get off a text message seeking help and the British government intervened and persuaded a Bangladesh court to obtain Dr. Abedin’s release from captivity and return to the United Kingdom.

Back in London, Dr. Abedin, announced: “On 14 November 2008, I was forced to marry a person of my parens’ choice. I was removed to another province of Bangladesh. I entered into the marriage under duress. I did not consent to the marriage.” She is having the marriage voided.

After news of what happened to Dr. Abedin became known, the number of phone calls to the forced marriage hotline in England witnessed heavy traffic. This is the year, 2008, not 1498.

Bangladesh Court Respects End To Forced Marriage Law

A Bangladesh woman who works for the British National Health Service had her forced marriage voided by a Bangladesh court in response to requests by the United Kingdom that Dr. Humayra Abedin was being held against her will by members of the family. This is the first example in which a nation responded to a British request to void a forced marriage of a non-British national. Although Dr. Abedin is a Bangladesh citizen, she was placed under court protection until a representative of the UK came to assist her return to England. Justice Syed Mohmed Hossain told the court: “Children are not the slaves of their parents, they must have their own freedom.”

Dr. Abedin was lured to Bangladesh by reports her mother was ill and when she reached Bangladesh the family informed her they were going to marry her off. She was able to get off a text message to friends, “please help me. My life is in danger.” Parents fought to refuse bringing Dr. Abedin to court on grounds she was mentally incapacitated. When finally brought to court, Ms. Abedin made clear she did not wish to marry the man selected by her parents and wanted her freedom. That freedom has now been restored.