School girls missing in ‘honour violence’ areas

    Thirty-three girls are missing from schools in the Bradford area with other pupils unaccounted for in 14 other local authority areas, the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee has claimed. Labour MP Keith Vaz fears that these missing children have been forced into marriages. The areas in which the girls are said to be missing is alleged to have high rates of honour violence. Children’s Minister Kevin Brennan disclosed the figures to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, which is investigating the controversial issue of forced marriages. They have been investigating children under 16 from school enrolments. “It is a serious concern when any child – any single child – becomes unaccounted for,” said Mr Brennan. Rukshana Choudhury reports.

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