Forced marriage: ‘should have been protected’

When Farhana was 16, she was taken out of the UK and married to a man she did not know.

Looking back, she believes her life would have been different if the law in the UK prohibited marriage for those under the age of 18.

“My mother was a law abiding citizen, she would never have contemplated getting married if she thought it was illegal.”

It is difficult to estimate how many teenagers in the UK are forced or coerced into marriage.

Payzee Mahmod was one of them, as was her sister Banaz.

While Payzee escaped, his sister was killed in an alleged honor killing.

Payzee says the law must change to protect children from coercive marriages.

That change could happen today, as the government is supporting a bill that would raise the minimum age of marriage from 16 to 18 in England and Wales.

Reporter: Rajdeep Sandhu

Produced, Filmed and Edited: Christina McSorley

Reference-www.bbc.co.uk

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