Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Forced marriage becomes a criminal offence in England and Wales

Now parents who force their children to marry can be punished by up to seven years in prison.

This historic change has been won through tireless campaigning. To grasp the significance of this new law, and what it means for victims of forced marriage, read Jasvinder Sanghera’s powerful interview in the new book Here We Stand: Women Changing the World. It is the opening chapter.

Jasvinder has long argued that forced marriage is not a cultural issue, but one of child protection.