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Resistance to forced marriage in India: Asylum victory in New York

Text of decision and order of immigration judge, March 2011

1 August 2011

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A young woman from Gujarat India resisting her forced marriage fled her home . . . a court case followed with her seeking asylum in the US. A New York court granted her asylum in March 2011. There is no mention of the religious community she belongs to but the rationale on which the decision is based is promising and set’s a good precedent.

"[T]he Court finds that Respondent has demonstrated past persecution on
account of her membership in the particular social group of Indian women opposed to forced marriage."

full text of legal ruling below.

Asylum Against Forced marriage New York ruling March 2011
Full Text of order by Helen Sichel U.S. Immigration Judge