‘Honour killings? It should be called the devil’s work’: Bekhal Mahmod on the murder of her sister – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2022 in domestic violence, families, forced marriages, murder, news by sally

‘After Banaz Mahmod was killed by her father, uncle and three other men in 2006, it was her sister’s testimony that helped bring them to justice. Before the release of her memoir she tells of her rage at what happened and why she is still living in hiding.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2022

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The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 – Law & Religion UK

‘The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 (‘2022 Act’), originally a private Member’s bill introduced by Sajid Javid and Pauline Latham, has now become law. The Act will be brought into effect by Regulations, which are pending. The headline is that the Act will amend the Marriage Act 1949 and the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to raise the minimum age at which people can enter into a marriage or civil partnership in England and Wales from sixteen to eighteen. This brief post will focus, however, on exploring the new criminal offence the statute creates and the three implications of the legislation that remain unresolved.’

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Law & Religion UK, 10th May 2022

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Boost for public safety as four justice bills receive Royal Assent – Ministry of Justice

‘The government delivers on its pledge to protect the public better and restore confidence in the criminal justice system as four major bills became law today (28 April).’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th April 2022

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Recent case highlights need for law reform in forced/predatory marriage – Family Law

Posted January 24th, 2022 in elderly, families, family courts, forced marriages, marriage, mental health, news by tracey

‘Predatory or forced marriages faced by individuals (usually elderly) whose mental capacity is in doubt or who are vulnerable to undue influence remain an open wound for many families.’

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Family Law, 12th January 2022

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Research Briefing: Commons Library analysis of Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill 2021-22 – House of Commons Library

Posted November 18th, 2021 in age of consent, bills, children, civil partnerships, forced marriages, marriage, news by tracey

‘This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill, a Private Member’s Bill which is due to have its Second Reading on 19 November 2021.’

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House of Commons Library, 17th November 2021

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Parliament to vote on bill to ban child marriage in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘A bill that would ban child marriage in England and Wales will be presented to parliament for its second reading this week and has been welcomed by campaigners as a “huge stride” forward.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2021

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Does the law on predatory marriage need to change? – Family Law

Posted November 8th, 2021 in consent, families, forced marriages, fraud, intestacy, marriage, news, wills by tracey

‘In recent years there have been calls for a change in the law to protect vulnerable adults from falling victim to what has become known as “predatory marriage”. This is due to a rise in cases where fraudsters have married vulnerable and often elderly individuals, without the knowledge of their loved ones, and are then able to access the new spouse’s lifetime savings and inherit their entire estate under the intestacy rules, as marriage automatically revokes any previous Will a person may have made.’

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Family Law, 5th November 2021

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‘Honour-based’ offences soared by 81% in last five years – The Guardian

‘The number of “honour-based” abuse (HBA) offences recorded by English police forces has soared over the past five years, figures suggest. According to data from the 28 out of 39 constabularies that responded to freedom of information (FoI) requests, the number of HBA cases – including offences such as rape, death threats and assault – rose from 884 in 2016 to 1,599 last year, a rise of 81%.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2021

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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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