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The woman told Mr Justice Holman she had consented to the arranged marriage as an “obedient daughter”.
Bill, who grew up going to Catholic Mass every Sunday, told Shelley’s mother he would convert to Judaism if that’s what it took to be with her.
But after high school, it became more difficult to remain in each other’s lives.
His father, a leading figure in the British Sikh community who has since died, was the driving force behind the arranged marriage with a family from Punjab.
In 2009, the husband, now in his late 30s, was taken to the Indian region by his parents.