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Police urge forced marriage law

PUBLISHED March 21, 2005

Forced marriage should be made a specific criminal offence, police say.

Currently families who compel their children to marry can be charged only with offences like assault or kidnap.
Officers will tell a London conference later that in the past two years nearly 500 people have asked for help to avoid being forced into marriages.
Metropolitan Police research suggests a link between forced marriage and honour killings and officers say a specific offence would make prosecutions easier.