, 2014

Forced marriage is now a crime

It is hoped that the new law will help protect thousands of potential victims. Forcing someone to marry against their will is now a criminal offence.

New legislation introduced today (16 June 2014 ) by the government is designed to help people in England and Wales. It also applies to UK nationals overseas who are at risk of becoming the victim of a forced marriage.

Forced marriage can involve physical, psychological, emotional, financial and sexual abuse including being held unlawfully captive, assaulted and raped.

In 2013, the government’s Forced Marriage Unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage to more than 1300 people.
The maximum penalty for the new offence of forced marriage is seven years imprisonment.

Law enforcement agencies will also be able to pursue perpetrators in other countries where a UK national is involved under new powers defined in legislation.

* The above article was extracted from https://www.gov.uk/government/news/forced-marriage-now-a-crime

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