Skip to comments.Eight cases of forced marriages of men surfaces
Posted on 03/25/2005 11:05:13 AM PST by nickcarraway
So far the police focus was on preventing young Asian girls from being forced into unwilling marriages. But, Scotland Yard is now looking into a series of cases in which Asian men were made to marry against their wishes. Detectives have discovered eight cases of forced marriages involving male victims, but have been unable to bring prosecution because bridegrooms refused to give evidence against their families.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials who investigate 200 to 300 cases of forced marriages every year are toying with the idea of opening a refuge for bridegrooms in enforced marriages. It is said some have been abducted, beaten or intimidated.
A network of agencies offers help to women in forced marriages but community workers say that the plight of unwilling bridegrooms has largely been ignored.
The Council of British Pakistanis estimates that 38 per cent of forced marriages could involve reluctant men. FCO said in some cases men were deceived into flying to Pakistan, Bangladesh or India to see relatives. They find themselves stranded in rural areas, they are tricked into giving passports to parents or relatives and then pressurised to marry.
According to reports British High Commission staff have managed to rescue men. In one instance, a young man when allowed to go shopping was picked up by diplomats waiting in a car. A researcher warned that there was the risk of girl's family murdering the groom. It is honour killing in reverse.
Most cases occur among Pakistani families but a few isolated cases have been detected in Indian Punjabi families too.
I thought all men were forced to be married against their will.
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