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A woman has been jailed for four and a half years for forcing her daughter into marriage

Birmingham Crown Court Credit: ITV Central News

A woman from Birmingham has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a stranger in Pakistan.

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons was previously found guilty of the forced marriage offence and a count of perjury after a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

The mother was cleared of perverting the course of justice.

During the hearing, Deborah Gould, prosecuting, read out a victim impact statement in which the girl said her mother had “ditched” her in Pakistan. She said she felt a “bad person” after it happened.

And she urged other young women at risk of forced marriage to “say something to someone”.

In 2012, when she was 13, she was taken by her mother to Pakistan and met her 29-year-old soon-to-be husband who made her pregnant. The pregnancy was terminated.

But in 2016 the defendant took her daughter to Pakistan again, telling her it was for a holiday and promising to buy her an iPhone.

However when they got there, and after the victim had turned 18, her mother told her she was going to get married to the person who had impregnanted her.

The mother said her daughter had no choice, that the man was wealthy and threatened to burn her daughter’s passport if she did not go through with it as well as putting “bad spirits” in her.

The victim raised the alarm by sending texts to her sister.

The defendant returned to the UK on October 21 without her daughter and when she appeared at a family court she lied claiming her daughter was not married.

Deborah Gould, prosecuting, said the mother had achieved her aim through a combination of “grooming, manipulation control and coercion”.