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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