A 14-year-old girl from a Muslim family became pregnant after being taken to Pakistan by her father and forced to marry a man ten years older than her in “harrowing” circumstances, a High Court judge has said.
Mr Justice Holman ruled the girl would have to initiate proceedings herself to have the marriage nullified, despite a request from local authority officials who wanted a “declaration of non-recognition” of the marriage.
Her parents had emigrated from Pakistan to England and the girl’s father became a UK citizen more than 30 years ago, he said.
The teenager, who was born in Britain, was subjected to violence and a gun was produced.
The marriage was consummated following further “threats” two weeks after the ceremony and the girl became pregnant, he added.
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