Children Forced Into Arranged Marriages Urged to Put Spoons in Their Underwear
This might be one of the most inspiring ideas ever. British charity Karma Nirvana, which supports victims and survivors of forced marriages, came up with the idea of having children traveling to their weddings put aspoon in their underwear as a last chance for salvation.
It’s super annoying when we have to take off everything metal when boarding a plane. Jewelry, belt buckles, and even pacemakers can set off the metal detectors, so those people with necessary medical devices have to carry a slip indicating their use. If you’re 16 years or older and continue to set off the alarm, officials can take you into a separate room to investigate further. For teens being forced into arranged marriages, traveling to the wedding they didn’t want to the husband they don’t even know, the concealed spoon and that little room is all they have.
According to Raw Story, Karma Nirvana takes about 6,500 calls a year from youngsters who need help getting out of the situation of a forced marriage. “If they don’t know exactly when it may happen or if it’s going to happen,” says Natasha Rattu, Karma Nirvana’s operations manager, “we advise them to put a spoon in their underwear.”
So far, Natasha says she’s received calls from teens about how the trick has worked for them, and while she’s elated to receive these stories, her job is far from over. The public awareness is just the beginning, and Karma Nirvana is committed to gaining the cooperation of European airports to actively search for young children heading to their weddings.
So far, London Heathrow, Liverpool, and Glasgow airports are all on board with the initiative, and Birmingham is next. Officials are instructed to look for one-way tickets, especially around certain times of the year, focusing on the age of the person and whether they look uncomfortable.
“These are quite general points, but there are things that if you look collectively lead you to believe something more sinister is going on,” Natasha says.
Here’s a shocking statistic for you: The oldest victim of the nearly 1,500 cases of arranged marriages that the Foreign Office’s Forced Marriage Unit has dealt with was 71, and the youngest was just two years old. Two years old!