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Primary schoolgirl aged five could be UK's youngest victim of forced marriage
March 30, Daily Mail
A girl aged five is thought to have become Britain's youngest victim of forced marriage.
She was one of an astonishing 400 children helped by the Government's Forced Marriage Unit during the last year, it emerged today.
The shocking revelations have come to light as a public consultation into criminalising forced marriage ends. Amy Cumming, joint head of the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), told the BBC that more than a quarter - 29 per cent - of the cases it handled in 2011-12 involved minors.
She said: 'The youngest of these was actually five-years-old, so there are children involved in the practice across the school age range.'
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) told Mail Online that one in ten of the cases involved victims aged below 15, while 19 per cent of those affected were aged 16 to 17-years-old.
In the horrific case of the five-year-old girl, the authorities would not say where the marriage took place or give any more details to protect the child.
Fionnuala Murphy, of the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation, said it deals with an alarming 100 cases of forced marriage every year. She told the BBC: 'We have had clients who are in their very early teens; 11-year-olds, 12-year-olds.
'The youngest case we had was nine-years-old.'
The organisation is among many that want forced marriage to be made a criminal offence. The Government said last year that there at least 5,000 to 8,000 cases of forced marriage in England and the number of reported cases is rising annually. At the time, Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi said it was a disgrace that forced marriage was only a matter of civil law.
The politician said forcing someone to do anything against their will, by violence or by coercion, is 'inhumane and unacceptable'. She added: 'I have met some of the victims. They speak about wedlock being used as a weapon and the horrors to which this can lead, such as rape, abuse and unwanted pregnancy.'
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