Remedies for Forced Marriage in Pakistan

As explained by the British FMU, forced marriage is when you face physical pressure to marry (eg threats, physical violence or sexual violence) or emotional and psychological pressure (eg if you’re made to feel like you’re bringing shame on your family). The debate on this touchy subject continues unabated and Pakistan is no different in that regard. According to the FMU, in 2013 it handled cases involving 74 different countries, including Pakistan (42.7%, the highest number), India (10.9%), Bangladesh (9.8%), Afghanistan (2.8%), Somalia (2.5%), Iraq (1.5%), Nigeria (1.1%), Saudi Arabia (1.1%), Yemen (1%), Iran (0.8%), Tunisia (0.8%), The Gambia (0.7%), Egypt (0.6%) and Morocco (0.4%). The origin was unknown in 5.4% of cases. An excellent lawyers’ handbook for Pakistan which provides detailed legal analysis and guidance is available below:

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