LONDON - A mother who duped her daughter into travelling to Pakistan to enter a forced marriage was sentenced on Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison, following the first successful prosecution of its kind in Britain.
The woman was found guilty on Tuesday following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, in central England, where a jury heard how the girl sobbed as she was wedded to a male relative 16 years her senior.
"You had cruelly deceived her. She was frightened, alone, held against her will, being forced into a marriage she dreaded," said Judge Patrick Thomas QC in sentencing.
"You have sought to blame her for everything, and yourself have accepted responsibility for nothing."
The girl was forced to marry the same man who had taken her virginity and left her pregnant on an earlier trip to Pakistan.