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Forced marriage victims stuck paying for journey home

UK policy on women returning from abroad has stoked anger amongst women’s rights groups

By: Eastern Eye Staff

The chair of Muslim Women’s Network is urging the government to scrap its policy on billing Britons for being repatriated to the UK after escaping a forced marriage abroad. Shaista Gohir is set to meet with representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) next month, after she wrote to them expressing her concern that vulnerable and often young victims of the crime are ordered to repay the costs of travelling back to the UK. The move follows the case of a 17-year-old who arrived at the UK High Commission in Islamabad seeking help to escape a forced marriage in…

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