Last year, the Foreign Office was faced with 1,500 forced marriage cases. That’s in Britain alone (worldwide there are 39,000 girls who are forced to get married every day). But, thanks to the The Karma Nirvana charity the lives of innocent teen girls are being saved – one spoon at a time. Yes, you read that right.
The England-based charity receives 6,500 calls from girls asking for help every year. If the girls don’t know exactly when their parents might take them away, experts at Karma Nirvana suggest that they put a spoon in their underwear, which will be detected when passing through security.
As Natasha Rattu, Karma Nirvana’s operations manager, explained to the Agence France Press (AFP): “When they go through security, it will highlight this object in a private area and, if 16 or over, they will be taken to a safe space where they have that one last opportunity to disclose they're being forced to marry.”
A simple spoon has helped to save the lives of several young girls – keeping them from a cruel fate. One young woman was not so lucky. She was threatened and forced by her father to get married in India. “I was shipped off with a total stranger. That night I was raped by my husband and this abuse continued for about eight and half years of my life,” she stated.
A third of the cases that the Foreign Office dealt with involved children under the age 17. The youngest was just 2-years-old. These teens are forced to marry for “family honor” or codes of “Izza” to relatives in a (completely unknown to them) South Asian country. Karma Nirvana is currently working with airports in London Heathrow, Liverpool and Glasgow to spot potential telltale signs: one-way tickets, the age of the person, the time of year, and whether they look uncomfortable.
Sources: Yahoo News- AFP, The Guardian
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