|A message for Indian Muslims
Uproot forced marriages, British Muslims told
Dr. Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament, has said that the Muslim community should make a concerted effort to put an end once and for all to the obnoxious practice of forced marriages. It is destroying the life of our young people, jeopardising their happiness and signalling the death knell to their dreams. Dr. Siddiqui was commenting on Ann Cryer MP’s campaign to ban forced marriages.
Dr. Siddiqui said, forced marriage is linked to abduction, domestic violence and murder in the name of honour which are tarnishing the good image of Muslims in the society and bringing disrepute on their religion. Up to 70 per cent of forced marriages among British Muslims end up in divorce thereby disintegrating the community. He said, if the community did not set its own house in order it is not inconceivable that forced marriage would be declared a criminal
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