North West takes the lead in stamping out forced marriages

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POLITICAL and religious leaders have praised prosecutors in the North West for taking out the most Forced Marriage Protection Orders of any English region in the past twelve months.

Ministry of Justice figures show they took out 39 orders compared with 24 in the North East region, 24 in the Midlands and 21 in the London area.

Seven were taken out through Blackburn county court and 32 through its equivalent in Manchester.

The new statistics came as the government announced a new criminal offence of breaching a Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO) with a maximum five years prison sentence from May.

Chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques and Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Salim Mulla and Pendle Tory MP Andrew Stephenson backed the tough action.

Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for the North West, said: “Forced marriages are one of the last forms of slavery in the UK. They are a violation of human rights and lead to a lifetime of suffering and abuse for victims.”

“It is an issue which is particularly prominent in Lancashire and Manchester. As the CPS national lead on forced marriage, I have worked closely with the Home Office to develop initiatives to tackle forced marriage but there is still a great deal of work.”

Coun Mulla said: “Forced marriages are abhorrent. They are not part of Islam.”

Mr Stephenson said: “I have raised this issue several times in the House of Commons.”

For the first time the new legislatation will make forcing a person to marry a criminal offence with a maximum 7 years jail.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I regard these figures as evidence of greater action in the North West.”

Justice minister Damian Green said: "Forced marriage is abhorrent and little more than slavery. To force anyone into marriage against their will is simply wrong and this continued practice in modern Britain is a stain on our social fabric. That is why we are legislating to make it illegal."

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1:04pm Thu 18 Jul 13

sen c b l says...

Forced marriage is mainly a Hindu and particularly the Sikh issue. I see no involvement by their community and religious leaders and wonder what good Salim Mulla will bring when such incidents are very rare in his community!
Forced marriage is mainly a Hindu and particularly the Sikh issue. I see no involvement by their community and religious leaders and wonder what good Salim Mulla will bring when such incidents are very rare in his community! sen c b l
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3:34pm Thu 18 Jul 13

TONY WALES says...

The above letter by sen c b is a complete load of rubbish, and a bigger lie you will find hard to find.
It is well known in East Lancashire that MUSLIM young girls are taken to Pakistan, and married against their wishes. Ask the police, ask school teachers, and ask people working at Manchester Airport
The police have special people working on stopping forced marriages.
So to suggest it is mainly Hindu and Sikh, is completely untrue..
It is like me saying we should stop Irish nuns, being forced into getting married.
The other alarming thing to realize about forced marriages, (and ask any midwife this question), is girls marrying their relatives such as cousins. This is the reason that many Pakistan child are born with birth defects. But people never bother listening to medical advice, if money is at stake.
The above letter by sen c b is a complete load of rubbish, and a bigger lie you will find hard to find. It is well known in East Lancashire that MUSLIM young girls are taken to Pakistan, and married against their wishes. Ask the police, ask school teachers, and ask people working at Manchester Airport The police have special people working on stopping forced marriages. So to suggest it is mainly Hindu and Sikh, is completely untrue.. It is like me saying we should stop Irish nuns, being forced into getting married. The other alarming thing to realize about forced marriages, (and ask any midwife this question), is girls marrying their relatives such as cousins. This is the reason that many Pakistan child are born with birth defects. But people never bother listening to medical advice, if money is at stake. TONY WALES
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6:07pm Thu 18 Jul 13

liddle 'un says...

I can see the benefit if you are a bloke being "forced" to marry a real looker but otherwise I'd rather take my chances in one of Blackburn's many knocking shops.
I can see the benefit if you are a bloke being "forced" to marry a real looker but otherwise I'd rather take my chances in one of Blackburn's many knocking shops. liddle 'un
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10:37am Fri 19 Jul 13

sen c b l says...

TONY WALES wrote:
The above letter by sen c b is a complete load of rubbish, and a bigger lie you will find hard to find.
It is well known in East Lancashire that MUSLIM young girls are taken to Pakistan, and married against their wishes. Ask the police, ask school teachers, and ask people working at Manchester Airport
The police have special people working on stopping forced marriages.
So to suggest it is mainly Hindu and Sikh, is completely untrue..
It is like me saying we should stop Irish nuns, being forced into getting married.
The other alarming thing to realize about forced marriages, (and ask any midwife this question), is girls marrying their relatives such as cousins. This is the reason that many Pakistan child are born with birth defects. But people never bother listening to medical advice, if money is at stake.
You are the liar and the deceiver and the biggest muppet on the LT posts. You certainly are uninformed and a total garbage excreter. How many incidents can you show to back up your feeble claim? If you took the little trouble to look into forced marriages you will uncover it is a culture issue and for certain communities to preserve their caste profile. It has been going on for thousands and thousands of years in India where these very same people of the mentioned religions regard women and girls as low inferior to males, and killed at birth for bringing shame. Care to visit India you stupid one way focused buffoon, and incidents will be clearly evident.

Now muppet get off the keyboard because nearly all your posts targets one religion only, regardless what the topic is. Just shows what a dirty stinker you really are. Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: The above letter by sen c b is a complete load of rubbish, and a bigger lie you will find hard to find. It is well known in East Lancashire that MUSLIM young girls are taken to Pakistan, and married against their wishes. Ask the police, ask school teachers, and ask people working at Manchester Airport The police have special people working on stopping forced marriages. So to suggest it is mainly Hindu and Sikh, is completely untrue.. It is like me saying we should stop Irish nuns, being forced into getting married. The other alarming thing to realize about forced marriages, (and ask any midwife this question), is girls marrying their relatives such as cousins. This is the reason that many Pakistan child are born with birth defects. But people never bother listening to medical advice, if money is at stake.[/p][/quote]You are the liar and the deceiver and the biggest muppet on the LT posts. You certainly are uninformed and a total garbage excreter. How many incidents can you show to back up your feeble claim? If you took the little trouble to look into forced marriages you will uncover it is a culture issue and for certain communities to preserve their caste profile. It has been going on for thousands and thousands of years in India where these very same people of the mentioned religions regard women and girls as low inferior to males, and killed at birth for bringing shame. Care to visit India you stupid one way focused buffoon, and incidents will be clearly evident. Now muppet get off the keyboard because nearly all your posts targets one religion only, regardless what the topic is. Just shows what a dirty stinker you really are. Idiot. sen c b l
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5:28pm Fri 19 Jul 13

TONY WALES says...

sen c b l wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
The above letter by sen c b is a complete load of rubbish, and a bigger lie you will find hard to find.
It is well known in East Lancashire that MUSLIM young girls are taken to Pakistan, and married against their wishes. Ask the police, ask school teachers, and ask people working at Manchester Airport
The police have special people working on stopping forced marriages.
So to suggest it is mainly Hindu and Sikh, is completely untrue..
It is like me saying we should stop Irish nuns, being forced into getting married.
The other alarming thing to realize about forced marriages, (and ask any midwife this question), is girls marrying their relatives such as cousins. This is the reason that many Pakistan child are born with birth defects. But people never bother listening to medical advice, if money is at stake.
You are the liar and the deceiver and the biggest muppet on the LT posts. You certainly are uninformed and a total garbage excreter. How many incidents can you show to back up your feeble claim? If you took the little trouble to look into forced marriages you will uncover it is a culture issue and for certain communities to preserve their caste profile. It has been going on for thousands and thousands of years in India where these very same people of the mentioned religions regard women and girls as low inferior to males, and killed at birth for bringing shame. Care to visit India you stupid one way focused buffoon, and incidents will be clearly evident.

Now muppet get off the keyboard because nearly all your posts targets one religion only, regardless what the topic is. Just shows what a dirty stinker you really are. Idiot.
Now, now my old mucka don't get your knickers in a twist.

We have just lost two of your mates, first we slung Captain Hook back to the States, and then we shipped a good lad called "Have a banana" back to Jordan. We don't want to lose another comedian as good as you, otherwise we will have nobody to laugh at, will we my old sparrow.

So as I see it the MP's for Blackburn, Burnley and Pendle, as well as the Lancashire Police Force, and various television programmes have been telling us porkies (or in your case curries). about these young Muslim girls getting forced into marriage.

Also various reports about these forced marriages have been appearing in this very paper. Are you saying all these people, and this newspaper are not telling the truth?
You cannot blame India, and say no such marriages occur in Pakistan.
You cannot say it is a cultural thing, and say it is communties trying to preserve their caste profile. It is illegal in the U/K and this is why the police and school teachers are trying to protect these young girls.
Also to say women and girls are inferior to males, in the U/K is very dangerous to talk about. Remember about 50% of the population is female.
I should watch your back if any female is walking behind you at night by the way.
Just a gentle hint my old **** sparrow.
So keep taking the tablets for the high blood pressure, and try to calm down a bit when you reply to my comments.
Bye now, have a good day.
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: The above letter by sen c b is a complete load of rubbish, and a bigger lie you will find hard to find. It is well known in East Lancashire that MUSLIM young girls are taken to Pakistan, and married against their wishes. Ask the police, ask school teachers, and ask people working at Manchester Airport The police have special people working on stopping forced marriages. So to suggest it is mainly Hindu and Sikh, is completely untrue.. It is like me saying we should stop Irish nuns, being forced into getting married. The other alarming thing to realize about forced marriages, (and ask any midwife this question), is girls marrying their relatives such as cousins. This is the reason that many Pakistan child are born with birth defects. But people never bother listening to medical advice, if money is at stake.[/p][/quote]You are the liar and the deceiver and the biggest muppet on the LT posts. You certainly are uninformed and a total garbage excreter. How many incidents can you show to back up your feeble claim? If you took the little trouble to look into forced marriages you will uncover it is a culture issue and for certain communities to preserve their caste profile. It has been going on for thousands and thousands of years in India where these very same people of the mentioned religions regard women and girls as low inferior to males, and killed at birth for bringing shame. Care to visit India you stupid one way focused buffoon, and incidents will be clearly evident. Now muppet get off the keyboard because nearly all your posts targets one religion only, regardless what the topic is. Just shows what a dirty stinker you really are. Idiot.[/p][/quote]Now, now my old mucka don't get your knickers in a twist. We have just lost two of your mates, first we slung Captain Hook back to the States, and then we shipped a good lad called "Have a banana" back to Jordan. We don't want to lose another comedian as good as you, otherwise we will have nobody to laugh at, will we my old sparrow. So as I see it the MP's for Blackburn, Burnley and Pendle, as well as the Lancashire Police Force, and various television programmes have been telling us porkies (or in your case curries). about these young Muslim girls getting forced into marriage. Also various reports about these forced marriages have been appearing in this very paper. Are you saying all these people, and this newspaper are not telling the truth? You cannot blame India, and say no such marriages occur in Pakistan. You cannot say it is a cultural thing, and say it is communties trying to preserve their caste profile. It is illegal in the U/K and this is why the police and school teachers are trying to protect these young girls. Also to say women and girls are inferior to males, in the U/K is very dangerous to talk about. Remember about 50% of the population is female. I should watch your back if any female is walking behind you at night by the way. Just a gentle hint my old **** sparrow. So keep taking the tablets for the high blood pressure, and try to calm down a bit when you reply to my comments. Bye now, have a good day. TONY WALES
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