700 calls made to forced marriage charity in the Midlands

Karma Nirvana founder Jasvinder Sanghera Credit: ITV News Central

A charity which helps victims of forced marriage and honour abuse has started a pilot project at a school in Yorkshire, to help teachers spot the warning signs. Karma Nirvana was founded by Jasvinder Sanghera from Derby, after she was disowned by her family for refusing to marry.

The charity receives calls for help from hundreds of victims across the country and says cities in the Midlands are hotspots for potential victims.

Almost 430 calls were made to the charity from the West Midlands last year:

  • 193 from Birmingham

  • 151 from Stoke-on-Trent

  • 84 from Walsall

Over 270 calls were made to the charity from the East Midlands last year:

  • 120 from Derby

  • 98 from Nottingham

  • 56 from Leicester

Jasvinder wants to bring the project to the Midlands.

For more information, visit the Karma Nirvana website.