UK drops demand that women forced into marriage pay for rescue

London: British women forced into marriages abroad, mostly Pakistanis, will no longer be required to repay the government for the cost of helping them escape, according to the Foreign Secretary. Instead, the government will use court orders to try to recover expenses for parts of the women’s rescue, like flights home and short-term shelter, from the people who sent them abroad – often their parents, the New York Times reported. If those efforts are unsuccessful, the Foreign Office will cover the costs itself. “Our treatment of vulnerable Britons abroad should always be guided by compassion,” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a letter on Tuesday. “So I am glad to make this policy change.” (IANS)

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