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Parents found guilty of luring daughter to Bangladesh for forced marriage

  • Published at 04:17 pm May 31st, 2018
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The woman was rescued days before the scheduled wedding after her sister and boyfriend alerted British authorities

A British couple have been convicted of forced marriage charges after luring their 19-year-old daughter to Bangladesh in a bid to make her wed her cousin.

The teenager was taken on a holiday by her parents, who beat her to pressure her into going through with the wedding, reports the Independent, a British online newspaper.

On Tuesday, a 12-member jury of Leeds Crown Court convicted her parents of forced marriage following a three-week trial.

The couple, who cannot be named to protect their daughter's identity, were also found guilty of using violence and threats to force her into the marriage.

The verdict came less than a week after a woman was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court for forcing her daughter into a marriage in Pakistan. That conviction was the first successful prosecution of its type in the UK.

The woman’s parents had told her they were going on a six-week holiday to Bangladesh to visit relatives and celebrate Eid.

However, just days after arriving on July 3, 2016, her father told her that he had found a husband for her.

In a pre-recorded video the victim said her parents said she would “live like a queen” and that rejecting the proposal would “bring shame” on them.

As she did not comply with their order, her parents started abusing her verbally and physically.  

The teenager, who was studying for her A-levels at the time, had told her mother that she would file a report with the authorities if she was forced into marriage.

But her mother said they would leave her there for a year so that she would get pregnant and her cousin could get a visa, she told the jury.

With the help of her younger sister, the woman contacted the British High Commission, who rescued her days before the wedding was due to take place.

She also contacted her boyfriend, who alerted the British police.

Her parents will be sentenced on 18 June.