Government’s ‘virginity test’ ban is ‘false victory’ as it does not prohibit hymen surgery, campaigners warn – The Independent

Posted August 16th, 2021 in bills, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, news by tracey

‘The government’s decision to ban so-called virginity tests is a “false victory” as it does not prohibit hymenoplasty surgery, experts have warned.’

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The Independent, 15th August 2021

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Child marriage ‘thriving in UK’ due to legal loophole, warn rights groups – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2021 in children, forced marriages, marriage, news, young persons by sally

‘A legal loophole that allows 16- and 17-year-olds in England and Wales to marry with parental consent is being exploited and used to coerce young people into child marriage, campaigners have warned.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2021

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Fears honour-based abuse could go undetected due to ‘short-sighted’ government plans to scrap term – The Independent

‘Ministers are considering dropping references to honour-based abuse in the recording of crimes such as forced marriage, coercive control and female genital mutilation, raising concerns offences could go undetected.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2021

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Police accused of not taking honour-based abuse seriously as figures reveal 64% fall in recorded offences – The Independent

‘Police have been accused of not taking honour-based abuse seriously as new figures reveal a 64 per cent fall in the number of offences recorded.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2020

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Back bill to ban marriage for under-18 in England and Wales, MPs urged – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2020 in bills, children, civil partnerships, consent, forced marriages, marriage, news by tracey

‘The UK is undermining its international efforts to end child marriage because an exception to the law in England and Wales that allows 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent is putting children at risk, parliament will be told today.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2020

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Banaz Mahmod murder: ‘What they did was unforgivable’ – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2020 in domestic violence, families, forced marriages, murder, news, young persons by sally

‘Banaz Mahmod was 20-years-old when she was murdered by her uncle and father after they said she had shamed their family.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2020

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‘She won’t be the last’: why not enough has changed since the murder of Banaz Mahmod – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2020 in domestic violence, families, forced marriages, murder, news, police, young persons by sally

‘In 2006, the 20-year-old was killed on the orders of family members. Ahead of an ITV drama on the case, her sister reflects on the police response.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2020

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Calls for Sheikh Mohammed to face justice over family abduction – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2020 in children, families, forced marriages, international law, kidnapping, news by tracey

‘Ministers, police and prosecutors are under pressure to bring the ruler of Dubai to justice after a UK judge ruled that he orchestrated the abduction of two of daughters – one from the streets of Cambridge.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2020

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Forced Marriage Protection Orders – the approach to take – UK Police Law Blog

Posted March 5th, 2020 in family courts, forced marriages, human rights, jurisdiction, news, passports by tracey

‘Applications for forced marriage protection orders (“FMPO”s) made pursuant to s.63A of the Family Law Act 1996 are on the rise: in 2018, the government’s Forced Marriage Unit provided advice or support in 1,764 possible forced marriage cases; a significant increase from the following 1200-1400 cases in 2017. Also in 2018, Family Court statistics indicate that 322 applications were made and 324 orders granted. Despite applications being made by police, who must seek leave to make such an application under s.63C(3) of the Family Law Act 1996, and local authorities, the legislation itself does not provide clear guidance as to how the court should deal with such applications. The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has now done so in Re K (Forced Marriage: Passport Order) [2020] EWCA Civ 190.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 5th March 2020

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Gay people being subjected to forced marriages in UK, police warn amid nationwide crackdown – The Independent

‘Gay people are being subjected to forced marriages to spouses of the opposite sex by families in the UK, police have warned amid a national crackdown.’

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The Independent, 16th July 2019

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Father admits stalking his daughter in Leicester – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2019 in families, forced marriages, news, restraining orders, sentencing, stalking by tracey

‘A father has admitted stalking his daughter after trying to force her into a marriage and keep her from university.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2019

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Repatriation fees for forced marriage victims abolished – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2019 in fees, forced marriages, loans, news, victims by sally

‘The Foreign Office has bowed to public outrage and dropped its requirement for victims of forced marriage to pay sometimes crippling fees to cover the cost of their repatriation.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2019

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Doctors and teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2018 in consultations, doctors, forced marriages, news, notification, prosecutions, teachers by tracey

‘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 this week seeks views on whether such a measure should be introduced, and if so, who it should apply to.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2018

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Child Marriage Survivors Say UK Law Legitimises ‘Terrible’ Abuse – Rights Info

Posted November 5th, 2018 in age of consent, bills, children, forced marriages, marriage, news, statistics by sally

‘When Zee was 13, she returned from school one day to find an engagement party under way at her home in northern England, but her excitement at the celebrations quickly turned to shock.’

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Rights Info, 2nd November 2018

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Visas ‘given to foreign husbands in forced marriages’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in forced marriages, news, visas by tracey

‘The Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas, charities have warned. Officials dealt with nearly 90 cases of victims trying to block visas last year, although almost half were still issued, data obtained by The Times shows.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd August 2018

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Against their will? – New Law Journal

Posted July 31st, 2018 in forced marriages, mental health, news, wills by sally

‘Constance McDonnell uncovers a surprising scenario in the area of probate law.’

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New Law Journal, 20th July 2018

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UK couple jailed after trying to force daughter to marry – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2018 in forced marriages, news, sentencing, young persons by sally

‘A couple who tricked their teenage daughter into travelling to Bangladesh in an attempt to force her to marry her first cousin have been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2018

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Second Forced Marriage Conviction In A Week After Couple Told Child They Would ‘Chop Her Up’ If She Didn’t Marry – Rights Info

Posted May 30th, 2018 in children, forced marriages, news by sally

‘A couple who duped their daughter into travelling to Bangladesh to marry her cousin and threatened to “chop her up” when she refused have been found guilty of forced marriage, the second conviction in Britain within a week.’

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Rights Info, 30th May 2018

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Forced marriage: Parents guilty of luring daughter to Bangladesh – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2018 in families, forced marriages, news by sally

‘A couple have been found guilty of luring their 19-year-old daughter to Bangladesh in an attempt to force her to marry her first cousin and have a baby with him.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2018

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Beatings, rape and non-stop work: UK women enslaved in forced marriage – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2018 in domestic violence, forced marriages, news, rape by sally

‘Betrayed by her own family, isolated from the outside world and raped daily by her violent husband, one desperate teenager turned to a confidential helpline.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2018

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