UK Couple Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry Cousin in Bangladesh

BAMIYAN, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 8: Bas Gul, 17, resides at a women's shelter and safe house October 7, 2010 in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. She was a child bride, forced to marry at age 11, and ran away after five years of marriage to the boy, who was only five years old …
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LONDON (AP) — A British jury has convicted a couple of attempting to force their teenage daughter to marry her first cousin in Bangladesh.

The 19-year-old from Leeds in northern England said her parents used verbal and physical abuse to try to get her to marry the relative. The teenager eventually alerted British consular officials and was rescued days before the wedding.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court found the couple guilty Tuesday of forced marriage and of using violence, threats or coercion.

The parents, who can’t be named to protect their daughter’s identity, are due to be sentenced June 18.

Last week, a Birmingham woman was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a relative in Pakistan —the first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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