Criminalisation of forced marriage

Legislation introduced on 16 June 2014 makes forcing someone to marry against their will a criminal offence.

The maximum penalty for the new offence of forced marriage is seven years imprisonment.

Law enforcement agencies will also be able to pursue perpetrators in other countries where a UK national is involved under new powers defined in legislation.

Home Office Circular 010/2014: new forced marriage offences provides details.

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