23 June 2008

Apparently John Bull...

...hasn't been totally neutered...

The British government views forced marriages, often performed after beatings or threats of violence, as a human rights abuse, far different from arranged marriages to which the bride and groom consent.

It is Rawlins's job to stop them. In an age of increasingly fluid migration, and aided by instant communication, the British diplomat works 3,700 miles from London to help women from her own country.
But it wasn't always so...
Before 2000, British officials tended to view forced marriages as a foreign custom not theirs to judge. But these British-raised young women are increasingly worldly and assertive, and many now have cellphones hidden in their burqas or handbags.

From even the remotest villages, they are increasingly calling for help. And the British government has set up a special group to rescue them.
Bravo.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Islamic Republik of Britain won't be at all worried about women's rights....

Neo Conservative said...

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this program is pretty pro-active... sounds like the british government hasn't given up just yet.

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