But it’s not fair

January 29, 2013 1:58 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake joined the students and staff at Carshalton High School for Girls for an assembly organised to raise awareness of forced marriage and honour-based violence.

The assembly was taken by Aneeta Prem, President and founder of Freedom charity dedicated to fighting forced marriage and honour-based violence. During the meeting, Aneeta donated copies of her debut novel "But it's Not Fair" to all the students.

Tom said:

"It was an honour to be invited to the Assembly. I've read Aneeta Prem's book. It was enjoyable, but at the same time offered a powerful and important message without being overly dramatic. It is an important book."

"I believe everyone should be able to choose the person they wish to marry and share their life with. We need to make sure youngsters are aware that they always have the option of refusing marriage, and that there is somewhere they can look for advice and support."

In the UK, the Forced Marriage Unit offers help and advice to anyone faced with the prospect of being forced into a marriage. There are also charities and initiatives, like Freedom and Karma Nirvana, offering help to potential victims and anyone who may be in any way affected by this issue.

If you require support or advice on forced marriage and honour-based violence, please contact:

Forced Marriage Unit - 020 7008 0151 (or 0044 20 7008 0151 if you are overseas)

Freedom - 0845 607 0133 or text "4freedom" 88802

Karma Nirvana - 08005999247

Students get their copies of the book signed by Aneeta Prem and Tom Brake

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