In this episode of the CREID podcast, Professor Mariz Tadros, Director of the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), describes how young women from religious minorities, particularly those from poor and marginalised backgrounds, are being deliberately targeted by men from the majority faith.
Professor Tadros explains how, lured into relationships with flattery, gifts and promises not to be forcibly converted, young women often eventually experience sexual violence. They are then forced into marriage and conversion. This can result in them being rejected by their families and communities. If they do go the police, their cases are often dismissed. It is difficult to gather adequate evidence for prosecution, and the legislation in their countries means they are unable to convert back to their original faiths.
In this podcast, Professor Tadros refers to research on Egypt, India, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan.
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