SPECIAL REPORT - Stoke-on-Trent Imam and councillor speak out about forced marriage and 'honour' abuse

An Imam and a councillor from Stoke-on-Trent say they want victims of forced marriage or so-called 'honour' abuse to feel able to seek help in their own communities.

Staffordshire Police say they have dealt with nearly 200 cases in the last five years, but Imam Muhammed Amir from the City Central mosque in Hanley says no one has ever come to him about the issue - and says if they did it would be treated sensitively. 

He says forced marriage is against Islam and has spoken about the issue at the mosque and in classes. He also believes education is key to addressing it.

City councillor Amjid Wazir, who represents Hanley Park and Shelton and is also the chairman of the mosque, says it is up to everyone to try and tackle forced marriage and 'honour' abuse. 

The contact details for the City Central mosque can be found here.


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