Forced Marriage Parents Face Jail Under New Laws

Posted by on Jun 08, 2012 | Comments Off on Forced Marriage Parents Face Jail Under New Laws

The new law is expected to distinguish between forced marriages, where there is no consent, and arranged marriages.

A Home Office consultation, which ended in March, was launched at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron, who has said forced marriage is “little more than slavery” and “completely wrong”.

New laws are to be introduced by the home secretary to jail parents who force their children to marry.

Theresa May is due to outline how it will be a criminal offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland already has a forced marriage law.

Up to 8,000 young women a year are estimated to be forced into marriages without their consent.

The new law is expected to acknowledge the differences between forced marriages where there is no consent and arranged marriages

But campaigners warn criminalising forced marriage altogether could deter victims from coming forward.



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