asthmatic camel wrote:Probably not legally valid in the UK anyway, not sure.
Tried to search up the debates on this. It goes back to January where the Scottish parliament voted near overwhelmingly--101 to 4 abstentions--to allow the UK Parliament to create a law that covers the entire UK that would criminalize forced marriage. What I can get from one debate online
is some questions on the procedure, whether or not current laws are sufficient, and whether or not criminal charges would dissuade victims. I will deal with the last: bollocks! That is the same argument that underage victims will not testify against abusive parents, relatives, teachers, That Guy in the Box because of fear the offender will go to jail. A concern, perhaps, but not reality. The "Sports Secretary" of the Scottish Parliament addresses this directly and notes that the fact the offender may
be prosecuted empowers victims to act. She also nicely summarizes past issues with how domestic violence was prosecuting requiring spouses to testify against the offender. Currently, that is no longer necessary. A crime is a crime. It does not "go away" if the victim is afraid to testify.
The UK signed an Constantinople
Istanbul Protocol which included a paragraph on violence against women which specifies forced marriage. To ratify that the UK would need to make sure forced marriage is criminalized.
's point, it would seem that such marriages are not considered legal to begin with.