Marriage in multicultural Britain
The norm for people living in western societies is to find their own partner(high divorce rates!),still seen as a commitment for the rest of your life. For people with their origin in India,Iran,Iraq,Afganistan,Sri Lanka,Bangladesh,Pakistan,Somalia and Sudan an arranged or forced marriage is often the only acceptable form of marriage. Forced Marriage
A forced marriage is a marriage conducted without the consent of one or both parties. This means the parents arrange the marriage and force one or both of the partners to marry against their will. Often the parents invites the child on a holiday to their home country and then force them to marry when they cannot escape. Forced marriage affects men and women from all over the world, and across many cultural groups..The British Royal Family even has a history of it, as did many members of the British aristocracy in the past. Most victims are young women between the ages of 14-25. Forced marriages violate human rights and are a way of oppressing women by controlling their behavior and sexuality. Example: Fatima ,a 15 -year –old girl, traveled to Turkey last year ,with her parents, to attend the wedding of a male cousin that she never meet. When she arrived in the small Turkish village where her parents had lived before immigrating to Austria, the Vienna high school pupil’s enthusiasm quickly turned to panic when she learned that she was the bride. Her father beat her until she consented, so she married a dark-haired teen chosen by her parents. Fatima turned to Orient Express, a Vienna non-profit agency of mostly Turkish women that has helped 28 victims of forced marriage in recent months. Fatima and thousands of other Muslim girls living in Austria and neighboring Germany are fighting back thanks to the emergence of support groups that help them find lawyers ,housing and new identities. Both Austria and Germania have recently begun to address the issue. In September,...
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