‘Forced marriages should be a crime’

    An expert in forced marriages has backed plans to make the
    practice a specific criminal offence.

    Jasvinder Sanghera, Asian affairs manager at charity Refuge, who
    ran away from an arranged marriage at 15, said people were “not
    being held to account” for forced weddings.

    People who force others to marry can be charged with offences
    such as kidnapping and false imprisonment.   But forcing someone to
    marry is not a specific crime.

    A consultation launched this week by the Home Office and Foreign
    Office sets out the advantages and disadvantages of creating a new
    offence. It acknowledges that victims of forced marriage could be
    deterred from seeking help because of fears that their families
    could be prosecuted.


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