I welcome the announcement that the government is to make forced marriages illegal. I hope it signals that this issue will now be taken more seriously by the police and other agencies. It is estimated there have been over 1500 cases of forced marriages in the last year, with one third of those involved being minors. While some of the victims of forced marriage are men, the vast majority are women. It is unfortunate therefore that just as this government is voicing concern for vulnerable women, it is slashing funding for women’s refuges by over 30%. These organisations provide an invaluable service for vulnerable and isolated women, like those being subject to forced marriages. I am proud that in Tower Hamlets we have protected our funding for women’s aid organsiations and I call on the government to do likewise.
Clampdown on forced marriages to be welcomed
June 11, 2012 by Lutfur