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  Video on 'forced marriages' sent to schools
Updated 11 March 2002, 15.01
Many young people
A video about girls and boys forced into marriage because of cultural beliefs is being sent around UK schools by the government.

The film, Tying The Knot, cost 25,000 to make and schools have to pay 15 for a copy.

It's hoped the film will help 12 to 18 year olds understand what can happen when young people are forced to marry.

Violence

It's thought many made to marry at a young age suffer from physical violence.

In 18 months, the government had to deal with 240 cases of forced marriage. But they think the number's much higher than that.

Over 60 of those cases involved children being taken to other countries to marry.

Filmmaker, Gita Saghal, is not against arranged marriages.

But she's against those which involved "pressure, emotional blackmail, the massive physical pressure of beatings and abduction".

And she wants the video to show young people have choices about marriage and there are places they can go to get help and advice.

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