14:48 GMT +319 January 2018
Listen Live
    World

    Australian Women Still Forced Into Marriage Despite New Legislation – Welfare Groups

    World
    Get short URL
    0 22

    Hundreds of women are still being forced into marriage in Australia despite the fact the practice was made illegal a year ago, Radio Australia reported, citing welfare groups from the Australian state of Victoria.

    MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – Hundreds of women are still being forced into marriage in Australia despite the fact the practice was made illegal a year ago, Radio Australia reported, citing welfare groups from the Australian state of Victoria.

    When I signed the marriage paper I had no knowledge of the fact that it was the marriage paper … With the culture we are supposed to be docile. We are supposed to listen to our parents because they are older and know whats best for us. But I felt [it was] very wrong. Like how is it right to force me to sleep in the same room with someone who I hardly know and cant speak to? Radio Australia cited the girl as saying.

    Under Commonwealth legislation introduced in Australia a year ago, everyone involved in organizing a forced marriage, including family members and wedding planners, face up to seven years in jail if convicted.

    Forced and early marriage is a persistent problem across the globe. It is more common in Asia, Africa and among immigrants to the West from these regions.

    In 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution recognizing child, early and forced marriages as violations of human rights.

    Tags:
    women, human rights, marriages, weddings
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment