[UK] New law against forced marriage takes effect

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Forced marriage is “a tragedy for each and every victim”, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, said as a new law outlawing the practice came into effect.

From today, forcing someone into marriage will carry a maximum seven-year jail term under the 2014 Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act.

Mrs May said she was “proud” of the UK’s role as a “world leader” in combating the crime, saying: “Forced marriage is a tragedy for each and every victim, and its very nature means that many cases go unreported . . .

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