“British Muslim Family Forced Daughter to Marry Cousin to Stop Her From Getting ‘Too Western,'”
As the woman herself has explained, the decision to marry her cousin was forced upon her by her family when they all were on vacation in Pakistan back when she was 17.
Nyla Khan, a 30-year-old British woman who was born and raised in Scotland, has recently revealed how about 13 years ago she was forced to marry her cousin in Pakistan because her family thought she was getting “out of control”.
During an interview with BBC Scotland, Nyla revealed that even though she knew from a young age that she was “promised” to marry her cousin, back then she felt stunned when her family went through with that scheme as they were “paranoid” about her possibly becoming “too Western”.
“They think they are protecting you. To them, out of control is becoming Western. Having a voice, expressing yourself, dressing differently, wanting more from life, not wanting to marry your cousin”, she said.
As Nyla explained, things came to a head when she was 17 and went to Pakistan with her parents on a family vacation. There, she woke up one day to have her entire family confront her in her room, telling her that she had “sinned” and “brought shame on the family”, and that the only way out of this predicament is marry her cousin.
“I kept saying no, from the morning until tea time. And they were still at it. And I gave in, just wanting them to shut up, just wanting them to be quiet. From there on, it is like your soul leaves your body because you become so numb. Because you have absolutely no power or control over what is happening”, she revealed….Police launch national forced marriage crackdown at airports