As many as 8,000 cases of forced marriage were reported in England last year, according to a Government report. According to The Telegraph, the study published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families claims that the overwhelming majority of victims are teenage girls from Pakistan or Bangladesh. They are often coerced into getting married to preserve "family honor" rather than allow them to form relationships with boys from other cultures or religions, it is claimed, or to help others move to Britain. The report says some of the young brides are forced to marry abroad after being taken on a supposed holiday then having their passports confiscated, while others are drugged or subjected to violence or threats if they protest. Many forced marriages remain hidden because those involved are taken out of school, fear reporting relatives to the authorities or cannot obtain help overseas. Some community groups in the UK also deny that the problem exists or claim that opposition to forced marriage is a form of racism, the new study says. However the report calculates that, in 2008, between 5,275 and 7,750 cases were reported to the authorities in England. The Foreign Office's dedicated unit dealt with 420 cases last year - almost treble the 152 in 2005 - and has now issued guidance to health workers and teachers on how to spot potential victims. Source: ANISRM << Wardens Set To Patrol Nudist Beach In Studland After Sexual... Muslim NHS Dentist Imposed Islamic Dress Code On Patients >> Recommended Reading Britain Introduces New Law Against Forced Marriages The British government introduced a new law Tuesday bolstering rules against forced marriages. READ MORE Girls as Young as Nine Being Rescued from Forced Marriages As pupils are regularly disappearing from schools, an organization is rescuing British girls as young as nine from forced marriages. READ MORE New UK Law Saves Pakistani Woman From Forced Marriage A new UK ruling has saved a-22-year-old Pakistani woman from a forced marriage in Pakistan. British police used the new legislation to restrain her father. ith the support of her family READ MORE Britain Launches First Ever National Helpline for Victims of Forced Marriages British Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker today launched a new national helpline for victims of forced marriages and honour-based violence. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Indian Medical Journals Diaphragmatic Hernia How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips More News on: Divorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?