Resources for Forced Marriage Issues
- September 9, 2010
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The issue of forced marriage is one that continues to plague the South Asian community. Forced marriage is defined as “a marriage that is performed under duress and without the full and informed consent or free will of both parties” or “circumstances where one or both intended spouses enter into a marriage against their will, under physical force or psychological duress, and without free and valid consent.” The U.S. State Department denounces forced marriage as “a violation of basic human rights” and “a form of child abuse.” and as a community we need to do all we can to educate ourselves on what to do if we ever encounter such a crime. The Pixel Project, a grassroots organization that advances “a gender blind approach to gender abuse”, provides a great list of resources for family and friends of victims.
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