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Nyla Khan says she was taken from Scotland at the age of 17 and forced to marry her cousin in Pakistan.

“I knew from a very young age that I was promised to my cousin and I always felt very uncomfortable about that,” she tells BBC Scotland’s The Nine. She says she thought it was “morally wrong”.

Nyla, who is now 30, had a “really strict upbringing” in a Mirpuri Muslim family.

“My parents were very paranoid about me becoming Western,” she says. “They think they are protecting you.”

Nyla says she wanted to “have a voice”, express herself, dress differently and get “more from life” but extended family members complained she was “out of control”.

“It was seen as being too Western,” she says.

At the age of 17, she was taken to Pakistan and woke up to find her whole family in her room.

“They started saying ‘you have sinned’, ‘you need to marry your cousin now’,” she says.

“They said ‘you’ve brought shame on the family and the only way you can fix this is if you get married’.”

Nyla refused but she says they begged her “non-stop” and eventually she felt forced to give in.

She says: “I just wanted them to shut up. I just wanted 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 of control over what is happening.”





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