Two-year-old at risk of becoming a victim of forced marriage

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A two-year-old has been identified as a potential victim of forced marriage, according to the Foreign Office.

The child, believed to be the youngest ever victim at risk of forced marriage in the UK, was among 250 children helped by a governmental specialist unit last year.

The Forced Marriage Unit, a joint initiative of the Foreign Office and Home Office, is able to intervene where there is a belief that a child under 18 could be a victim.

Carla Thomas, head of the unit, said that cases with very young victims involved the promise of future marriage.

The unit gave advice or support in 1,485 cases last year, according to its latest statistics, which showed that 16 to 25-year-olds were most at risk of being forced into marriage. The oldest victim was 71.

The unit can report cases involving children under 18 to social services, which has a responsibility to safeguard the child. Civil courts also have the power to issue forced marriage protection orders to stop weddings taking place.

The 1,485 cases known to the unit last year involved 60 different countries – 47% involved Pakistan, 11% Bangladesh and 8% India. More than 80% of the victims were female.

Written By: Alan Travis
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10 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #2 by sunbeamforjeebus:

      Take a good look at the picture all of you that are not from the U.K.This is our current prime minister,he is a multi- millionaire that simply has no idea how the majority of people in our country conduct their daily lives.In addition, he is possibly the most spineless and two-faced politician we have ever had to tolerate.He will do absolutely nothing about this problem,in similar manner to the way he does absolutely nothing about anything with a ‘cultural’ interest.He is a complete and utter wanker.

      This is not entirely true!

      He and Osbourne have made determined efforts to protect the poor little banking executives (after all they have done for the rest of us), from having to change their culture and eke out a living, on incomes restricted to only doubled or tripled salaries, at the hands of those mean European regulators imposing austerity measures to limit their bonuses!

      (Besides, – He already dealt with the assimilation of imported of undesirable foreign cultural practices by promoting Warsi as an unelected cabinet member )

      Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, Baroness Warsi PC (Urdu: سعیده حسین وارثی‎, born 28 March 1971) is a British solicitor and politician of Pakistani origin who was created a life peer in 2007. From May 2010 to September 2012 she was the Co-Chairman, along with Lord Feldman, of the Conservative Party, and a Minister without Portfolio in David Cameron’s Cabinet. She was the third Muslim minister and the first female Muslim to serve as a minister in the UK, although she never won an election. On 4 September 2012, she was appointed Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities.

    • In reply to #2 by sunbeamforjeebus:

      He will do absolutely nothing about this problem,in similar manner to the way he does absolutely nothing about anything with a ‘cultural’ interest.He is a complete and utter wanker.

      He could get Warsi (Minister for faith and communities) to do something useful and head up some action to tackle this and other illegal ‘cultural’ practices but he won’t. It might lead to an embarrasing climb down.

  1. David Cameron has pledged to make forced marriage a criminal offence in England and Wales. Ministers hope >legislation will be brought forward in 2013 or 2014.

    FGM is illegal but no cases have come to court. It’s pointless bringing in a new law if you don’t actually do anything with it.

  2. I expect that Baroness Warsi (Lady Warsi?) will have something to say about this abomination known as forced marriage and help to do something to eradicate such awful practice, she would be useful, for a change; or will she accuse of Islamophobia those who want to forbid forced marriages?Anyway, I do not understand how it was allowed in Europe such aberrations as forced marriages, female genital mutilation and the like. European politicians are very slow when it comes to making decisions of this nature. We are already in the second decade of XXI century and these poblems have not been solved yet. Perhaps the politicians are more interested in votes than in solving these problems.

  3. “The 1,485 cases known to the unit last year involved 60 different countries – 47% involved Pakistan, 11% Bangladesh and 8% India. More than 80% of the victims were female” and 100% were MUSLIMS.

    • In reply to #9 by Capt.Nemo:

      “The 1,485 cases known to the unit last year involved 60 different countries – 47% involved Pakistan, 11% Bangladesh and 8% India. More than 80% of the victims were female” and 100% were MUSLIMS.
      And Hindu…

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