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Court annuls B.C. hairdresser's 'sham' marriage

Court annuls B.C. hairdresser’s ‘sham’ marriage

The B.C. Supreme Court has approved an annulment for a hairdresser who was forced to marry her boss’ relative.

Not long after Pardeep Kaur started working as a hairdresser this summer, her boss suggested she marry his relative, Harpreet Singh Jhamb, who lived in India at the time, according to the Surrey Now-Leader.

Kaur’s boss threatened to fire her if she refused, the Surrey Now-Leader reported. Her boss subsequently sponsored Jhamb to immigrate to Canada.

The court found that the marriage was a “sham” and the Kaur had not entered it of her own free will.

“I find that she was coerced into marrying the respondent and participated in the civil ceremony under duress,” the judge wrote.