New laws coming into force which criminalise forced marriage could deter victims from coming forward because they do not want to see parents and family members jailed, campaigners have warned.The same ‘parents and family members’ who are perpetrating this awful affront to their rights, would that be?
Shereen Williams of the Henna Foundation, which has helped hundreds of victims of forced marriage over the last 15 years, said: “David Cameron was hell bent on making this a criminal offence but we’re not sure how it will help.
“Victims will be very reluctant to take action that could lead to the imprisonment of their parents or other family members.”They’ve a choice to make – their potential happiness & freedom vs dear ol’ mum & dad who are…errr, threatening it.
The law can’t hold their hands while they decide.
“We are also concerned that no guidance has been issued to police or the Crown Prosecution Service on how to implement the new law, meaning things will continue as they are.”Hmmm. That sounds familiar.