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In 2008, 70 to 80% of Afghan women were victims of forced marriage.

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Forced Marriage

Forced marriage is a civil, religious or customary union in which one spouse (or both) is married against his or her will and under pressures from the family circle (blackmail, threats, physical violence…).

Forced marriage may have tragic consequences: violation of liberty and personal integrity, emotional blackmail, broken off family relations, confinement, dropping out of school, early and/or unwanted pregnancy, spousal abuse, depression.

Forced marriage may also lead to unsolicited non-consensual sexual relations.


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