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An NHS doctor was imprisoned, drugged, bound and gagged before being forced into marriage in Bangladesh, it emerged today, as a British judge issued an order telling her parents not "to pester, harass or intimidate" her.

Dr Humayra Abedin, 32, was held captive for four-and-a-half months by her family and was forced to marry while under the influence of drugs. She was freed by a court in Bangladesh and returned to Britain on Tuesday.

In the High Court in London this morning, Mr Justice Coleridge issued injunctions against Dr Abedin's parents, a paternal uncle and the man she was forced to marry.

He declared that it was "vitally important for the message to be understood in those communities where this kind of behaviour is sanctioned" that the courts will act "swiftly and decisively" in cases were there had been such a "gross abuse of an individual's human rights".

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