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Sara, like so many Iranian women, has a huge heart.Sara is just one of a number of women living in the United Kingdom from South Asia and the Middle East who have tried to escape a forced marriage or an abusive husband, only to find that despite living in a country where human rights are enshrined in law, she was putting her life at risk.The last available police figures show there were more than 3,000 so-called honor crimes in the U.K. in a single year, many related to forced marriage and divorce. Last year, the government's Forced Marriage Unit dealt with more than 1,300 cases, although that figure is widely seen as the tip of a very large iceberg. Most cases involved people from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds, but many also affect Middle Eastern families.Last week the U.K. introduced new laws that will criminalize anyone involved in organizing a forced marriage.The new law also makes it possible to prosecute perpetrators from other countries where a British national is being coerced into marriage.
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