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LONDON — A woman in Britain was sentenced to four and a half years in prison Wednesday for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a relative in Pakistan almost twice her age.
The sentence follows the first successful prosecution in England under laws against forced marriage.
The article goes on to state the following:
The victim says she was 13 years old when she was forced to enter a marriage contract with the man, 16 years her senior. She became pregnant and had an abortion.
She says that as her 18th birthday approached in 2016, she was tricked into going to Pakistan for what she thought was a family vacation and made to marry the man instead.
The girl eventually returned to Britain with government help.
According to the report, the judge who passed the sentence told the mother she had “cruelly deceived” her daughter.
“She was frightened, alone, held against her will, being forced into a marriage she dreaded,” Judge Patrick Thomas said. “You must have known that was her state of mind. Yet for your own purposes, you drove the marriage through.”
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