Marry a hearing woman ? I didn't want to...... Since a new law was introduced a year ago to protect victims of forced marriage, 75 Scots have called a helpline.
The figure is up on last year despite the new legislation and a third of those people are men. We can exclusively reveal that around four per cent of those calls include frantic cries for help from disabled people trapped in a forced marriage. Scottish charity Deaf Connections told the Sunday Mail about two deaf men living in Glasgow who were forced into marriage.
One of the men said: “My family made me marry a woman who could hear. My wife was brought over to Glasgow and I knew she didn’t want to marry me. “People assume a deaf person marrying a hearing person is better but it makes it hard to communicate. My wife couldn’t sign. She would give me short, abrupt replies. It started a lot of arguments and caused problems.”