Sunday, November 23, 2014   

Britain bans forced marriages
(06-16 19:49)

British legislation banning forced marriage came into effect on Monday, with those found guilty of the largely hidden practice facing up to seven years in prison.
The law applies not only within Britain but also makes it a criminal offense to force a British national into a marriage abroad, as many youngsters are flown out to weddings in their ancestral homelands, particularly in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
Nearly two-thirds of the cases dealt with by the government's Forced Marriage Unit relate to Britain's South Asian communities.
Campaigners welcomed the new laws as a ''huge step forward,'' while the government hopes they will protect potential victims.
''Forced marriage is a tragedy for each and every victim, and its very nature means that many cases go unreported,'' said Home Secretary Theresa May.--AFP
   
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