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UK Criminalizes Forced Marriages Parents will be punished

UK Criminalizes Forced Marriages Parents will be punished

UK government criminalizes forced marriages in UK

Parents who force their children to marry can be punished by up to seven years in prison.
Law will give victims the confidence to come forward and protect thousands of people each year.

It will apply if people are forced into marriage in England and Wales, as well as to UK nationals at risk of being forced into marriage abroad.

Last year, the government's Forced Marriage Unit dealt with 1,302 cases.
Some 82% of victims were female and 18% male while 15% were under the age of 15.

The cases involved 74 different countries with 43% relating to Pakistan, 11% to India and 10% to Bangladesh.

According to British government only few countries internationally have criminalized forced marriage
According to a British government consultation paper from 2012 Germany, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, and Malta has criminalized the forced marriage

Home Secretary Theresa May said the government's Forced Marriage Unit, set up in 2005, last year gave advice or support related to possible forced marriages to more than 1,300 people, although it was likely the numbers did not reveal the scale of the problem.

Earlier research suggested there was between 5,000 to 8,000 cases of forced marriages in England annually.

Forced marriage criminalization under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 - was "a further move by the government to ensure victims are protected by the law and that they have the confidence, safety and the freedom to choose".

Under the new law, breaching a forced marriage protection order - which can be issued by courts to prevent people being married against their will - has also been criminalised.

It now carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The Home Office says a forced marriage "is one in which one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage but are coerced into it" by means including "physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressure".

It says that "in the cases of vulnerable adults who lack the capacity to consent to marriage, coercion is not required for a marriage to be forced".

To stop the child marriage in what Indian Government has done in last 65 years
Did you ever thought?

Do you think Child Marriage is also a force marriage?

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DWei June 17, 2014  

Good. It's about time.

Bikram June 17, 2014  

YES and Well done the same needs to be done in India toooo.
this rule is basically for the asian community as we are the ones who do such things


Destination Infinity June 17, 2014  

I think even in India forced marriage is a legal offence. Not sure what punishment it carries (if any), but people can complain in police station, and at the least police will counsel the parents.

Destination Infinity

SM June 20, 2014  

@Destination Infinity

Yes we got the law only for namesake no use of a law to which no one fears