Forced Marriage Cops

In 2015, British youth are fleeing the curse of forced marriages while law enforcement desperately tries to implement a law requiring children to turn against their parents in order to secure convictions.

A film by Anna Hall with Karma Nirvana (UK | 2015 | 47 mins).

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About Anna Hall & Director's Statement

Award-winning filmmaker Anna Hall teamed up with national honor-based abuse charity Karma Nirvana and the Public Protection Teams at Greater Manchester Police to follow, the first year after it became illegal in the United Kingdom, to force someone into marriage. What the team found was truly shocking: schoolgirls regularly calling the police for help, saying that their families were threatening to kill them if they did not go ahead with a pre-planned marriage. The team painstakingly worked with front-line officers and one day received a call from a girl who said, "the police said you want to talk to me. You can talk to me. I think it's really important that other kids know they've got a choice." This extraordinarily brave woman allowed our cameras to follow her, not only as she talked to the police but also as she returned home to collect her belongings with the officer reminding her it could be the last time she saw her father. In one of the most shocking scenes in the film, her father says, "you can hit your wife and your sons but you can't hit your daughters," as his defense. The film also follows the largest single case of child protection against possible Forced Marriage that Greater Manchester Police have ever seen, with 15 children in one extended family who needed to be protected. This film shows that the abuse against women and children, of forcing them into a lifetime of slavery and often domestic violence in a forced marriage, is alive and well in the United Kingdom, despite the new legislation.

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About Karma Nirvana

Karma Nirvana is a registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of honour based abuse and forced marriage in the United Kingdom. Karma Nirvana's founder Jasvinder Sanghera is a best-selling author and has written Shame, Daughters of Shame, and Shame Travels. The words 'Karma Nirvana' simply mean 'Peace and Enlightenment', which is what the organization hopes to bring to the lives of victims in honour based abuse and forced marriage.


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