A British woman, Dr. Humayra Abedin, has been held in Bangladesh for months in order to force her into a marriage:
“Her parents and uncle were yesterday served with a Forced Marriage Order issued by the British High Court on Friday. Dr Abedin, who has worked as a doctor in the Britain since 2002, is among the first cases to be heard under the Forced Marriage Act which came into force on 25 November. The move came after the family ignored orders from the Bangladeshi high court to bring Dr Abedin to court.
The new legislation allows judges to issue protection orders to prevent forced marriage and help to rescue victims who have already been married off. Those convicted of forcing people into marriage can be jailed for up to two years.”
It is good to see the resolve of the British courts, However, as the Bangladeshi courts have failed to save her so far, I wonder if this attempt will succeed. Moreover, as a new report shows that one in five 14-15 year old girls (and one in four 16 year olds) have experienced violence at the hands of boyfriends, while another study revealed widespread misogynistic attitudes amongst teenage boys, we should remember that anti-female attitudes and actions are far from uncommon in this country, even in the younger generation.
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