Forced marriage GP starts on road to recovery

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The Independent Online

The smiling face of Dr Humayra Abedin at the High Court last Friday masked months of abuse suffered at the hands of her parents and a so-called psychiatric hospital in Dhaka.

"I'm very happy to be back and I'd like to get my life back and start my job," Dr Abedin said, minutes after the High Court judge issued orders protecting her from her family. Her case was first revealed in The Independent on Sunday a fortnight ago, since when there has been a significant increase in the number of calls to the Forced Marriage Unit.

Dr Abedin said that she will soon meet the medical deanery to discuss when she can start the final year of her GP training. But it is too early to know whether she will suffer any long-term psychological effects as a result of her captivity.