Over the past decades, teachers in England have noticed a strange phenomenon, girls who were students in their classes in June, disappeared and were never enrolled when fall came around. In the city of Bradford alone, 250 girls did not return from summer holidays in countries such as Pakistan, India or Bangladesh. The reason is quite simple, they were married off by their parents to some nice men in those countries. These are not marriages based on love so much as based on what parents desire for their daughters. Jasvinder Songhera is leading a campaign to visit schools in England in order to make educators aware of how their students are being forced into marriage.
There is need for new laws that protect the rights of girls against being forced to leave England in order to be forced into a marriage with an unknown man.