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Forced Marriage: Married Against Your Will

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Written By: Pranati Palanivel

What is a forced marriage?

A forced marriage is when one or both parties are non-consensually married against their will or are married in the absence of their permission. A marriage is also considered forced if one or both parties are subsequently compelled to continue in the marriage against their will.


A primary cause for the occurrence of forced marriage is poverty. Amongst some families, marrying their daughter to a man of better socio-economic position, is both, a way of providing her with a higher standard of living and a method to secure a substantial sum of money or assets in exchange for dowry which is typically paid to the groom by the brides family (Forced Marriage, 2022).

What is the global prevalence of forced marriage?

Are there types of forced marriages?

Which genders have been recognized as being disproportionately affected by forced marriage?

Which human rights are being violated when someone is forcefully married?

Which Indian laws are relevant to forced marriage?

What are the legal procedures relevant to forced marriage?

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