16-Year-Old ‘Forced to Marry’ Despite Protection Order

Claire Duffin, Telegraph (London), May 28, 2013

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly forced to marry a man she had met only once despite being the subject of a court order designed to protect her from being married against her will.

After her wedding reception, which was attended by between 550 and 1000 guests, the teenager went to a police station “in her pyjamas and in a distressed state”, a court heard.

Her mother and aunt were subsequently arrested for allegedly breaching a forced marriage protection order which had been issued in November.

They appeared at Luton County Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, first went to Bedfordshire Police for help in 2012.

James Weston, counsel for the force, said she told officers that her family had threatened to send her abroad to marry. She also claimed she was told that if she refused she would be “taken to Pakistan and shot, and everybody back home would be told it was suicide”.

As a result, she was made the subject of a forced marriage protection order.

The order, backed by the power of arrest, banned the child’s marriage without permission of the court. It also prevented her from travelling abroad and banned her mother from arranging a marriage, or enlisting the help of someone else to arrange it.

But in April the girl was wed at a Muslim ceremony, the court heard.

This was followed by a reception at a hotel the next month. It was attended “by between 550 and 1,000 guests”, Mr Weston said.

After the reception, the girl went to police for the second time on May 20. Mr Weston said she “turned up in her pyjamas in a distressed state at a police station saying she had been forced to marry a man she had met just once.”

The court heard that in March 2012, the child applied to have the order lifted so she could travel abroad to visit a sick relative.

But the court refused. His Honour Judge Sir Gavyn Arthur, presiding, said: “On that occasion, the court was not satisfied the child was making the application of her own free will.”

Neelim Sultana, representing the girl’s mother, said her client was “of good character” and strongly denied having anything to do with arranging the wedding.

Gemma Lindfield, counsel for the aunt, who is the sister of the girl’s mother, said her client “was aware of the orders but not the terms of those orders” and also denied any breach. Both women have been remanded in custody until May 31.

The Forced Marriage Act was introduced in November 2008 to protect young people who feared being forced into a marriage against their will.

The victim can apply for the order themselves or the police, friend or family member can also apply on their behalf. Anyone found to have breached a forced marriage protection order can be jailed for up to two years.

In February 2011, Lydia Erhire became the first person to be sent to prison for breaching an order.

She was sentenced to eight months after she refused to sign documents allowing for the repatriation of her son Edirin Onogeta-Idogun, then aged 17, after he claimed he was taken to Nigeria against his will.

A forced marriage is not the same as an arranged marriage, where families chose partners but the couple are free to accept or decline the arrangement. Up until 2011, the most recent figures available, 293 orders had been issued.

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  • John Smith

    Wow. All I can say is wow.

  • a multiracial individual

    Allah’s laws supersede all terrestrial laws. Libs can’t seem to grasp this.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Liberals will….literally when sharia law is forced and they won’t be able to grasp their heads—as they roll after being beheaded.

      • Sick of it

        If you look at some of the recent converts, they will respond by converting to islam. That way, they can enjoy killing Christians and even be applauded for it!

  • Jesse James

    The British establishment won’t protect native white British girls from Muslim rape and sexual abuse so it is not likely that they will bother to protect a young Pakistani girl from sexual slavery.

    • borogirl54

      Not true. The British Embassy in Pakistan has a special forced marriage unit that will send someone to pick up a girl who contacts them and wants out of her marriage. They will send her back to the UK and provide a safe house for her to protect her from her family.

      • Jesse James

        Well maybe they should set up special units in the cities of the UK to go into the heavily Muslim areas of the home isles to rescue the young white girls being sexually exploited or do white English girls not have the same protection of the law?

  • borogirl54

    The reason for these forced marriages is for spouse visas to the UK. Pakistanis tend to marry their cousins because they like to “keep it within the family”.

  • IstvanIN

    I don’t see a problem here. Respecting diversity would dictate that we respect the family’s wishes in this matter.

  • AngloCelt

    You can sum up the sorry state of modern Britain in the simple fact that it has to have something called a “forced marriage protection order” on the books.

  • There were lots of forced marriages in the US.
    They were called “Shotgun Marriages”.
    Of course they didn’t usually involve rape, just a pregnancy and morality.

  • IstvanIN

    Britain is slowly surrendering: God, Queen and country – the foundations of the Girl Guides were trumpeted from the very first days of the organisation’s existence in 1910. But now, following a consultation with members, God and country are out – leaving just the Queen. The modernising move is aimed at ensuring all girls, religious or not, feel welcome in the Guides. The also removed “country”. Then why keep the Queen in the pledge? Isn’t the Queen the personification of the nation? Chief Guide Gill Slocombe, “We knew that some people found our Promise confusing on this point and that it discouraged some girls and volunteers from joining us.” Perhaps those people don’t belong in Britain let alone the girl guides.

    • OlderWoman

      Didn’t the queen betray her people to the European Union?

      • Sloppo

        That’s what I think about the British and most of the rest of European royalty. If the British royalty really cared about the British nation, it seems that they could make a big difference for the better, but they seem very content to enjoy their opulent lifestyle as their one-proud nation transforms into another 3rd-world province.

        • IstvanIN

          The assorted Royal Families have no real power. The Queen didn’t betray anyone.

  • gemjunior

    How many times was she called “the child” in this article? Anyone ever hear Charlene Downes or any of the other younger-than-16 girls called “the child”? The media scum are unbelievable how they portray these interlopers/invaders/aliens as “victims” and the English people as totally unimportant. Something wicked is at work here.

  • Sloppo

    It’s nice that they’re trying to keep a 16 year-old girl from being forced to live under the control of an Islamic goon against her will. It would also be nice if they took measures to prevent the British nation from being forced to live under the control of Islamic goons against their will, but I suppose that’s out of the question.