Report to be published with evidence that government plans might have detrimental consequences
27th March 2012
JAN Trust (www.jantrust.org), a London-based women’s charity, is publishing the report “Consent Matters: Towards effective prevention of forced marriages within the Pakistani community in the UK” to coincide with the government’s consultation on the criminalisation of forced marriages. Statistics show that a ‘typical’ forced marriage case involves young women in their teens or early twenties* and the Pakistani community makes up 65% of cases handled by the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)**. Therefore, JAN Trust consulted with over 1,000 grass roots Pakistani women over a period of 3 years from 2008-2011. 85% of women stated that a forced marriage had occurred in their family but crucially,...