612 cases of British-Pak forced marriages in 2016: Report

ISLAMABAD: Forced marriages are quite common in Pakistan. Pakistan suffers from customs like Vani whereby girls are forcibly married to a family as part of a punishment for a crime committed by male members of her family. 
But the issue of forced marriages does not only exist in far-off rural areas. Forced marriages occur in urban centers too, with girls being married off against their will due to one reason or another.
Moreover, this custom does not only affect people within Pakistan, but also puts to suffering people outside Pakistan. Many Pakistanis, who are settled in foreign countries, marry their sons and daughters against their will to members of their family in Pakistan for various purposes, to help get members of their family citizenship of the foreign country they reside in.
A shocking report pertaining to such cases has come to light. A news report published in BBC Urdu has said that Pakistan ranks at the top when it comes to forced marriages between British citizens and citizens of other countries.
The report said that facts and figures quoted by the British government highlight that in 2016, the greatest number of forced marriages occurred between Pakistani and British citizens.
According to the data provided by the British government, the number of forced marriages between Pakistani and British citizens is abnormally higher than those between citizens of Britain and other countries. -NNI