A new law has been passed by the government in England and Wales making it a criminal offence to force people into marriage.
From today, parents who force their children to marry can be punished by up to seven years in prison. Previously, courts have only been able to issue civil orders to prevent victims being forced into marriage.
The law will give victims the confidence to come forward and protect thousands of people each year. It will apply if people are forced into marriage in England and Wales, as well as to UK nationals at risk of being forced into marriage abroad
This new law has been welcomed by many different religions and groups’ throughout the world.
The complete article by the BBC news will bring a better definition regarding forced marriages in relation to the Criminalisation - under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Nicola Haines Trainee Solicitor