• Saturday, December 09, 2023


Campaigners argue: ‘Forced marriage is a crime, not culture’

REPORTING ISSUES: Many professionals working with forced marriage victims still treated the crime as a cultural problem rather than a child safeguarding issue, activists have claimed

By: Lauren Codling

by LAUREN CODLING COMMUNITIES should help the police by reporting suspicions related to forced marriage, a campaigner has urged, as she revealed she felt UK politicians were failing victims. Jasvinder Sanghera, the founder of Karma Nirvana which supports victim of honour-based abuse, also warned more children would suffer because of the government’s failures. Sanghera, who was disowned by her family after she refused to participate in a forced marriage, told Eastern Eye on Tuesday (9) that communities could help agencies, especially the police, by reporting any suspicions they had about forced marriages. “It is very difficult to police, safeguard and…

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