Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU and another – WLR Daily

Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU and another [2013] EWHC 2350 (Fam); [2013] WLR (D) 319

“There was no power whereby a police force could apply for a person to be committed to prison for contempt of court for breach of a forced marriage protection order where the police themselves were not the applicants who had obtained the order. The relevant departments of state should give urgent consideration to improving the effectiveness of forced marriage protection orders and the means of enforcement.”

WLR Daily, 26th July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Forced Marriage and Court of Protection – No. 5 Chambers

“In this two part article, Adreeja Chatterjee provides an introduction to the forced marriage legislation. This article explores the ‘typical’ forced marriage scenario, and how this compares to scenarios which crop up in the Court of Protection – where the mental capacity of the bride or groom is at the heart of the case. There is also an exploration of the case of [XCC v AA & Anor (Rev 3) [2012] EWHC 2183 (COP) (26 July 2012)] – a case in which Adreeja appeared in the first part of the litigation, and which merits close scrutiny.”

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No. 5 Chambers, 29th July 2013

Source: www.no5.com

Antisocial behaviour, policing and crime measures unveiled – Home Office

Posted May 10th, 2013 in ASBOs, bills, complaints, dogs, firearms, forced marriages, news, police by sally

“The government has introduced new legislation to tackle antisocial behaviour, criminalise forced marriage and reform the police.”

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Home Office, 9th May 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Nazir Afzal: how the CPS plans to bring more child abusers to justice – The Guardian

“The north-west head of the Crown Prosecution Service talks about bringing the Rochdale child sex ring before the courts/”

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The Guardian, 21st November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Forced Marriage and the Criminal Law – Family Law Week

Posted September 14th, 2012 in consultations, forced marriages, news, prosecutions, women by tracey

“Charlotte Rachael Proudman, barrister, provides an overview of the Government’s proposed changes to the law intended to combat forced marriage.”

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Family Law Week, 13th September 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Shafilea Ahmed’s mother seeks leave to appeal against conviction – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2012 in appeals, domestic violence, forced marriages, murder, news by sally

“Shafilea Ahmed’s mother, Farzana, is seeking leave to appeal against her conviction for murdering her daughter, it has emerged.”

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The Guardian, 4th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK judge says ‘forced marriage’ of disabled woman should be annulled – BBC News

Posted August 17th, 2012 in disabled persons, forced marriages, learning difficulties, news by sally

“A judge has said the arranged marriage of a UK woman of Bangladeshi origin, who is disabled and has severe learning difficulties, should be annulled.”

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BBC News, 16th August 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forced marriage advice to help victims with learning disabilities – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2012 in consent, forced marriages, learning difficulties, local government, news by sally

“Fifty English councils are bringing in policies to tackle the rise in the number of people with learning disabilities entering forced marriages.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mother-of-eight Shamim Akhtar jailed for drugging daughter – The Independent

“A grandmother has been jailed for four years for kidnapping and drugging her own daughter after she refused to marry the man her family wanted her to.”

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The Independent, 27th July 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Finance Divorce Update – Family Law Week

“Anna Heenan, solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the latest financial remedies and divorce news and cases.”

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Family Law Week, June 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com

Parents who force their children into marriage face jail – The Independent

Posted June 7th, 2012 in crime, forced marriages, news, parental responsibility by sally

“Parents who coerce their children to marry will face jail under moves to be set out tomorrow by David Cameron.”

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The Independent, 7th June 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Response to Home Office Consultation on Forced Marriage – Family Law Bar Association

Posted April 16th, 2012 in barristers, consultations, forced marriages, news by sally

“Download the FLBA response to to the Home Office consultation on Forced Marriage.”

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Family Law Bar Association, 12th April 2012

Source: www.flba.co.uk

Forced marriages blight lives, but criminalising them would not work – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2012 in crime, forced marriages, news by sally

“There are better ways to combat forced marriages than creating a new offence, which would deter victims from seeking help.”

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The Guardian, 9th April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Forced marriage: Girl aged five among 400 minors helped – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2012 in children, consultations, forced marriages, news by tracey

“A five-year-old girl is thought to have become the UK’s youngest victim of forced marriage. She was one of 400 children to receive assistance from the government’s Forced Marriage Unit in the last year. The figures have emerged as the public consultation into criminalising forced marriage in England, Wales and Northern Ireland comes to an end.”

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BBC News, 30th March 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forced marriages in England could number 8,000 – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2011 in forced marriages, news by sally

“There are at least 5,000 to 8,000 cases of forced marriage in England every year but it is impossible to know the full scale of the problem, according to the Home Office.”

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The Guardian, 12th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Honour’ crimes against women in UK rising rapidly, figures show – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2011 in domestic violence, forced marriages, news, women by sally

“The number of women and girls in the UK suffering violence and intimidation at the hands of their families or communities is increasing rapidly, according to figures revealing the nationwide scale of ‘honour’ abuse for the first time.”

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office policy on forced marriage violates Article 8 family life – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 14th, 2011 in forced marriages, human rights, news, visas by tracey

“The Supreme Court has ruled that the Home Secretary’s refusal to grant visas to non-resident spouses under a certain age breached their right to family life under Article 8 of the Convention. A strong dissent from Lord Brown touches on the raw nerve of judicial competence and the role of Article 8 in policy making.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th October 2011

Source: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com

The forced marriage law was simply symbolic – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2011 in forced marriages, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

“With good reason, the supreme court has declared unlawful a ban on under-21-year-old spouses coming to the UK.”

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The Guardian, 13th October 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supreme Court says forced marriage rules are unlawful – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2011 in families, forced marriages, human rights, immigration, news by sally

“A government ban on non-EU foreign spouses under the age of 21 entering the UK is unlawful, judges have ruled.”

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BBC News, 12th October 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

David Cameron to revisit forced marriage crime plans – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2011 in forced marriages, news by sally

“The government is to consult on making it a criminal offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to force a person to marry against their will.”

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BBC News, 10th October 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk