Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Forced Marriage 'Could Become Criminal Offence'

Plans to make forced marriage a criminal offence are expected to be announced by Home Secretary Theresa May this week.

The Government is already committed to criminalising breaches of civil Forced Marriage Protection Orders.

But the Home Office has been consulting on whether forcing someone to marry should be made an offence in its own right in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The consultation, which closed at the end of March, was launched at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron, who previously said that forced marriage was "little more than slavery" and "completely wrong".

There are concerns that criminalising forced marriage altogether could deter victims from coming forward. Read More