FORCED MARRIAGE


Difference between Force Marriage and Arranged Marriage

Force Marriage is an abuse of Human Rights and a form of Domestic Violence and some times it can be child abuse. A force marriage is one without the valid consent of both people and where pressure or abuse is used.

 

An arrange marriage is not same as forced marriage, in an arrange marriage elders of the family plays leading role in choosing the marriage partner but the choice whether to enter the marriage is left to both people.

In some cases people may be taken abroad without knowing that they are to be married. When they arrive in the country their passport, money and other relevant documents may be taken by their family to try to stop them from returning home.

The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats or actual physical violence) or emotional and often the victim is made to feel they are bringing shame on their family.



We need to educate our selves, our mothers and our sisters why violence and forced marriages are not acceptable under any circumstances. Young Ethnic women brought up in this country are most vulnerable and are more likely to the subject of force marriage or similar abuse. Normally the parents are more worried about relatives being upset by not having an alliance through their children with them, rather then what is better for their children or if their children are happy or not..



A girl brought up in a liberal environment and married to husband who is ill prepared in the marriage, he can react violently towards her. Subsequently because many of these men can be family relatives, the girl may suffer years of abuse before taking any action to break away from the situation. It does not only stop here if there are children involved then its even harder for her take any step or come to a decision whether to work on the marriage or not.

 



Please help us to help you avoid this abuse.



A WORD OF CAUTION “LOVE MARRIAGES” MAY ALSO BRING YOU PAIN SO CHOOSE WISELY WITH THE HELP OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS