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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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Survivor: Amala, a woman who was forced into a marriage she did not want. 
Pic: Mark Condren

Survivor: Amala, a woman who was forced into a marriage she did not want. Pic: Mark Condren

Survivor: Amala, a woman who was forced into a marriage she did not want. Pic: Mark Condren

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.