The minimum age at which foreign nationals can receive marriage visas to enter Britain is to be raised from 18 to 21 in an attempt to crack down on forced marriages, writes David Cracknell.
It will mean that about 3,000 people a year, mainly women from India, will be prevented from coming to the UK. Their intended spouse will also have to be at least 21 for them to be allowed into the country. The government also intends to introduce confidential interviews for people entering the country who might have been forced into marriage.
The Metropolitan police have called for forced marriage to be made a criminal offence, suggesting a link between the practice and â€œhonourâ€ killings and arguing that it would make prosecutions easier. However, the government has rejected this. [The Times]
I don’t have a problem with this. There are still far too many cases of girls as young as 16 are married from South Asia and brought here as brides. I would go as far as preferring 24 but 21 is better than 18.
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