LONDON – A woman in Britain has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a relative in Pakistan.
The victim says she was 13 years old when she was forced to enter a marriage contract with the man, 16 years her senior. She became pregnant and had an abortion.
She says that as her 18th birthday approached in 2016, she was tricked into going to Pakistan for what she thought was a family vacation and made to marry the man instead.
The mother, who can't be named to protect the identity of her daughter, was found guilty Tuesday by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court in central England.
Judge Patrick Thomas told her Wednesday she had "cruelly deceived" her daughter and shown "cowardice and deceit."