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Forced Marriage Cops


Forced Marriage Cops

£ 15.00




Rukhsana is fleeing from her father who has threatened to kill her if she doesn’t get married to her cousin Sajida. Forced into a marriage 16 years ago, she is now fighting to protect her 4 daughters from the same fate. Manchester Police are investigating the biggest cases of Forced Marriage they have ever seen with 15 children who need to be protected. We have unprecedented access with the Manchester cops following the year since forced marriages became illegal in this country.

In June 2014 it became illegal in the UK for someone to force a person to get married. The problem is how difficult this is to police.

Director Anna Hall spent 18 months with Greater Manchester Police Public Protection teams whose job it is to investigate this hugely culturally sensitive area.

Victims are frightened to come forward because they don’t want to get their families into trouble. But they are also terrified that they will be taken abroad and married off against their will. So the police find themselves stuck in an impossible position – where their job is to protect the victim but also send a message out to the wider communities that to threaten to kill your daughter is a criminal offence, punishable with a 7 year prison sentence.

In the last year GMP dealt with 250 cases of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence.

Meet Rukhsana, a 26 year old women fleeing from her father after he attacked her for seeing the wrong boyfriend. Rukhsana seeks police protection.

Meet Sajida forced to marry 16 years ago and who is now paying the consequences with her 4 daughters in Manchester.

Meet the cops who deal with these crimes every day – DI Tanya Kitchen and her team have the unenviable task of painstakingly trying to find any evidence that will show that the victim is telling the truth. They follow the biggest case of Forced Marriage that GMP has ever seen – with a family of 15 children at risk.

This powerful film is relentless in showing that “forced marriage is for life and it takes away your life” - Jasvinder Sanghera Chief Exec of Honour Based Violence Charity Karma Nirvana.

Anna Hall