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Irish woman’s dramatic rescue from forced marriage horror: 'I thought I'd be there forever, I was suicidal'

In the first known Irish case, a woman forced to wed a stranger by her own parents who was rescued by the Irish and British governments talks exclusively to Ellen Coyne

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A forced marriage is defined as one in which one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage and violence, threats or any other form of coercion is involved.

A forced marriage is defined as one in which one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage and violence, threats or any other form of coercion is involved.

A forced marriage is defined as one in which one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage and violence, threats or any other form of coercion is involved.

Amala's wedding day was horrible. As her family gathered around her to help the beautiful 20-year-old bride get ready, she was sobbing.

"They were dressing me up but I was crying the entire time. It was traumatising," she said.

Amala, not her real name, is now 21. Last year she was taken to Bangladesh for a forced marriage. She is only able to talk about the ordeal now because she survived a dramatic escape.