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Pakistanis abroad trick daughters into marriage

Date: May 15, 2003
Author: Owais Tohid
QUOTE: According to human rights activists, 250 girls like Aziz - daughters of British citizens from Pakistan - were forced into marriages with relatives in 2002 alone.

ABSTRACT: In 2002, 250 Britain-born girls of Pakistani descent were sent to Pakistan by their parents and married off to relatives. Similar forced marriages have occurred within Pakistani families living in Norway, the Netherlands, and Ireland. Because the girls relished relative freedom in their Western homes, forced marriage is not only distressful -- it’s a violation of human rights. However, authorities say that the practice is difficult to control since it involves two disparate countries and laws. --- Sara Holliday

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