Forced marriages ‘abnormally’ higher between Pakistanis, British: report

Pakistan suffers from customs like Vani whereby girls are forcibly married to a family as part of a punishment for a crime committed by male members of their family.

The issue of forced marriages does not only exist in far-off rural areas but also in urban areas. Girls are married against their will due to one reason or another.

Moreover, this custom affects people within all around the world. Many Pakistanis, who are settled in foreign countries, marry their sons and daughters against their will to members of their family in Pakistan for various purposes, to help get members of their family citizenship of the foreign country they reside in.

A news report published in BBC Urdu has said that Pakistan ranks at the top when it comes to forced marriages between British citizens and citizens of other countries.

The report said that facts and figures quoted by the British government highlight that in 2016, the greatest number of forced marriages occurred between Pakistani and British citizens.