BMSDemocracy officially condemns forced marriages. BMSDemocracy also endorses all efforts and laws made to uphold the right of women to choose their own life partners. Regardless of the cultural and ‘religious’ justifications being used, women and girls must not be made to marry against their own will.
BMSDemocracy welcomes the court’s decision and hopes that it will send a strong message to potential perpetrators that forced marriages are illegal, immoral and unacceptable. We acknowledge that many victims or forced marriage are suffering in silence and we hope that cases like this will encourage victims to seek help and speak out against the trauma and psychological repercussions that result from coercive practices imposed on them by their family members.