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Doctors, nurses and teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage cases under plans being considered by the Government.Ministers are weighing up the possibility of introducing a mandatory reporting duty to boost efforts to tackle the "hidden crime".A Home Office consultation paper published on Thursday seeks views…
A police force has made history by issuing a protection order for their first identified male victim of forced marriage. South Yorkshire Police described the move as a "huge step forward" in their efforts to prevent "honour-based abuse". The force said it issued a forced marriage protection order on the…
A man and woman have been convicted of forced marriage after luring their daughter to Bangladesh in a bid to wed the 19-year-old to her first cousin. The teenager had previously told a jury at Leeds Crown Court that she had to endure "physical abuse" as her parents, who cannot…
A 19-year-old woman had to endure "physical abuse" as her parents attempted to force her to marry her first cousin and have a baby with him, a court has heard. The teenager's mother and father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are on trial accused of luring her to…
So-called honour-based violence and forced marriage offences are increasingly being perpetrated online, police and prosecutors have warned. The trend was highlighted as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) emphasised their commitment to successfully investigate the crimes. They have published a joint protocol setting out the…
An award-winning charity, which rescues women from forced marriage and hundreds of young people from radicalisation, faces closure in a matter of months if it does not receive further funding. Founded in 1989, JAN Trust was originally set up to support marginalised and isolated communities in north London, but has…
Thirteen people have been arrested over a trafficking ring which saw a pregnant woman tricked into visiting the UK before being sold into a sham marriage. The 10 men and three women, aged between 24 and 57, were arrested after police and officers from the Home Office went to properties…
It is now be a criminal offence to force someone into marriage in Scotland as new legislation was enacted yesterday. The new offence, which will sit alongside protections already in place in Scotland was backed in the Scottish Parliament earlier in the year. Scottish courts already have the power to…
Forcing someone to marry against their will has become a crime today, with offenders facing up to seven years in prison. New legislation introduced by the government is designed to help people in England and Wales. It will also apply to UK nationals overseas who are at risk of becoming…
Forced marriage is to become a criminal offence in Scotland, after Holyrood gave the go ahead for Westminster legislation on the issue to be applied north of the border. The Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly backed a controversial legislative consent motion, allowing proposed new UK laws to be applied in Scotland too.…