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British Court Issues Protective Order for Bangladeshi Doctor


A British court has ruled that a London-based Bangladeshi woman cannot be removed from Britain without her consent, following her forced marriage in Bangladesh.

The High Court in London issued the protective ruling on Friday. Thirty-two-year-old medical doctor Humayra Abedin returned to Britain from Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Days earlier, a Bangladeshi court ruled that the woman's parents could not force her to remain in Dhaka.Dr. Abedin says she traveled to Bangladesh in August upon hearing that her mother was ill. She says her parents held her captive for four months and forced her to a marry a man of their choosing. She is seeking to get that marriage nullified.

Dr. Abedin has lived in Britain since 2002. Her release from captivity followed a British court order designed to prevent forced marriages (the Forced Marriage Act).

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