Majority of Pak marriages to attain foreign nationality: Poll
Last Updated: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 17:08
Islamabad: A survey on forced marriages has revealed that most of the marriages in Pakistan take place to attain foreign nationality or helping hand abroad.

Only 3.4 percent children were consulted before their marriage while an overwhelming 96.6 percent of marriages took place mainly to attain foreign nationality or helping hand abroad, according to the survey on forced marriages.

The target area of the survey, which was launched by SACH in collaboration with British High Commission, was Mirpur, Bhimber and Kotli. These areas have high concentration of dual nationals and incidents of forced marriages are widely reported, The News daily said.

The aim of the survey was to plan an intervention strategy and raise awareness in the target areas. "The key to preventing forced marriage is educating everyone involved in the practice," Khalida Saleemi, Executive Director of SACH was quoted as saying by the Pakistani daily yesterday.

Of the 870 people who took part in the survey, 61.9 percent were British nationals while 38.08 percent were Pakistanis who visited UK many times. The study also revealed that only 7.9 percent among dual nationals had an education up to post-gradation level and 3.6 percent got UK based education, the report said.

Around 51.6 percent believed that forced marriages may lead to torture and violence in the society and 52.8 percent said that mostly women are forced-marriage victims as they cannot dare to oppose and they had no other option but to surrender.

A high 74.4 percent of those survey termed forced marriages against Islamic teachings whereas 54.1 strongly agreed to the statement that both girls and boys should be given chance to freely marry.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 17:08

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