Huge rise in children reporting forced marriage fears



New figures from the charity NSPCC claim more children than ever are appealing for help due to their fear of being forced into marriage.
What are the figures? Calls to Childline, the NSPCC's confidential hotline, led to 205 counselling sessions last year over fears of forced marriage, up from 55 sessions in 2012 - a nearly four-fold increase.
Case studies from the charity show children as young as 13 face violence, bullying and threats to marry, often to people they have never met.
Why the increase? According to the government's forced marriage unit, 80 per cent of the cases it deals with... read more

 
1 August 2017 in Auto, Views: 69
Source: The Week
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