Family: Forcing the issue
The abusive practice of forced marriage not only exists, but is thriving in the UK. In 2005, Government ministers, well aware of the scale of this problem, engaged in a three-month consultation period with a view to introducing legislation to curtail the practice. The police made their view abundantly clear that new law was required to ease the prosecutions of those aiding and abetting forced marriage. The Government thought it unnecessary to introduce a specific offence of forcing someone to marry. Prosecutions of the offence have therefore had to be shoehorned into a diverse range of offences such as harassment, trespass against the person, assault and abduction. The result has been confusion as to the law and hesitancy to arrest.
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