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Tuesday, September 6, 2005

UK To Criminalize Forced Marriages

The  "IMAMS and other clerics who carry out forced marriages face the threat of being charged with a criminal offence under proposals unveiled today.  Scottish Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm published a series of options which would make forcing someone into marriage a specific crime for the first time.  One option would catch all those who "facilitated a marriage, including those who solemnised the marriage or otherwise conducted the ceremony", providing they knew that the bride or groom were unwilling participants.  The offence could carry up to five years' imprisonment.  The move comes after a report warned that 85 people a year in Edinburgh are being forced into marriages.  The report from the Council of British Pakistanis in Scotland (CBPS) warned that dozens of women and men were suffering physical and mental abuse as a result."  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

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