UK to deport aspiring astrophysicist, 23, to Pakistan where she faces death or forced marriage to cousin
A 23-year-old woman who has won offers to study astrophysics at some of Britain’s most prestigious universities, after living more than half her life in the UK, is to be deported to Pakistan, the country of her birth, where her father is demanding she marry her older cousin.
The woman, who spoke exclusively to The Independent, and whose identity is being concealed to protect her safety, had her bid for asylum rejected in February. Officials claimed there was not sufficient evidence she was at risk. She has lodged an appeal and is awaiting the outcome of the hearing held this month.
In the report, he said the consequences of refusing a forced marriage were, in many cases, fatal. One in five murders in Pakistan were said to be attributed to an honour killing – over 90 per cent of which are committed by a close family member, including fathers and brothers.