Women 'conspired to force marriage'

Women 'conspired to force marriage'

Two women could be jailed after it was alleged they conspired to force a girl to marry against her will, breaching a court order banning any arranged wedding.

The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, turned up at a police station on May 20 alleging she had been forced by her family to marry a man she had only met once, counsel for Bedfordshire Police James Weston told a hearing at Luton County Court.

The girl also alleged death threats had previously been made against her if she refused to marry he said.

His Honour Judge Sir Gavyn Arthur, presiding, said it appeared to be "a very sad case".

The women are accused of breaching Forced Marriage Protection Orders made by Judge Arthur at Luton County Court on November 27, 2012.

Both women deny any breaches.

At an administrative hearing in the case, Mr Weston said the orders had been made after the girl told police "there were threats to take her to Pakistan and force her to marry".

The girl had also alleged that if she refused "she would be taken to Pakistan and shot, and everybody back home would be told it was suicide".

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