Campaign to criminalise forced marriages


by Sunny
5th July, 2011 at 10:02 am    

The Indy’s Jerome Taylor had this good report in the paper yesterday:

British campaigners received a boost in May when a cross-party group of MPs recommended that forced marriage be turned into a criminal offence to send a stronger message that it will not be tolerated.

The Home Affairs Select Committee, which took soundings from a variety of different groups working to counter forced marriage, stated that it was “not at all clear” that current legislation was protecting those at risk.

“Criminalising forced marriages would help people like me enormously,” insists Saima. “I would have been able to tell my parents unequivocally that what they were doing was not just wrong but wholly illegal. I would have felt like the law was on my side.”

Currently it is not illegal to force someone to marry though criminal offences – such as kidnap, rape, and assault – may be committed in the course of carrying out one. The problem is that prosecutions are incredibly rare, partly because many of the actual crimes take place abroad and partly because they are so difficult to prove when vulnerable victims are often unwilling to prosecute their own families.

“It’s often looked at as a protection issue not a policing one,” admits one police source. “There’s a lot of reluctance about the idea of introducing a new offence.”

Read the whole article – its very good and nuanced.


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  1. Boyo — on 5th July, 2011 at 1:33 pm  

    over at HP they’re discussing your Sikhism Sunny, apparently you’re actually a Muslim, ha-ha!

  2. greg — on 5th July, 2011 at 11:23 pm  

    It isn’t already illegal?!?! What the fuck!

  3. Sunny — on 6th July, 2011 at 4:03 am  

    boyo – they’re cracked in the head.

  4. Vicki — on 6th July, 2011 at 5:11 am  

    Says the racist.

  5. Jerome Taylor — on 6th July, 2011 at 2:16 pm  

    The actual act of forcing someone to marry is not illegal. Speak to the police and they’ll say “Well yes, but criminal acts are often committed in the process of a forced marriage” such as rape, kidnap, threatening behaviour etc. Difficulty with that is most of those crimes take place abroad and victims are understandably reluctant to prosecute members of their own families.

    After travelling to Bradford a few years back and promising to outlaw FMs, Cameron has been rather quiet on the issue. Will have to see whether government takes the Home Affairs Select Committee’s advice and pushes for a new criminal offence

  6. Steve Daniel Lionel — on 6th July, 2011 at 3:03 pm  

    In India women change their sex to not be forced to accept politicized marriages.
    Where we come in 10-20 years?

  7. jamal — on 6th July, 2011 at 7:09 pm  

    This issue was dealt with previously not sure why it is being bought up again:

    “Forced marriage protection orders (FMPOs) carry a punishment of up to two years in prison for anyone found in breach. They were introduced as part of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act in 2008.”

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