Forced marriage plea

14th March 2008 at 00:00
Figures showing hundreds of pupils missing from school have led to fears that many have been forced into marriages abroad. Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs select committee, said 33 children were missing in Bradford, and pupils were unaccounted for in 14 other authorities. A new report published this week shows as many as 4,000 girls were forced into marriages last year. It calls for teachers to look out for signs of family bullying or pressure. But schools in the affected areas have refused to display awareness-raising posters, in case they offend parents.

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