Leeds charity tackling forced marriages head on

The founder of a Yorkshire charity says a fear of being labelled racist is stopping authorities tackling the growing problem of forced marriage.

Last year at least five thousand women from the UK were sent abroad to be married against their against their will – a quarter were under 17, and some were as young as five years old.

Speaking at the first national conference on the issue, the head of Karma Nirvana – a Leeds-based charity aimed at protecting vulnerable women – said it was time to put cultural sensitivities aside and get to the root of the problem.
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