A ban on forced marriage is much needed and is a departure from Britain's general pro-sharia stance, which includes introducing Sharia courts and even referring spousal abuse cases to them, etc. Is it too little, too late? The UK action is welcome but long overdue. So much more needs to be done. It needs to be matched with action against child marriage and other Islamic practices.
The US would do well to adopt such a law as well. But Congress is meeting fierce resistance on such restrictions from Muslim groups, and not just on sharia bans but on clitoridectomy legislation as well. Much more needs to be done to protect women from the human rights violations inherent in Islamic law.
The Muslims in the UK and US need to be confronted about this by human rights activists. Which is why our pro-freedom, anti-sharia event, "A Summer Night for Human Rights" is so critical. This is the last week to register. Don't miss it this historic shot heard round the free world.
Note that Prime Minister David Cameron still uses the euphemism "Asian" for Muslim despite outrage voiced by the true Asian community.
Brits ban forced marriages Montreal Gazette
LONDON – Britain’s government announced plans Friday to make forced marriage a criminal offence, with parents who coerce their children into marrying to face “very tough punishments.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said forced marriage had been tolerated as a cultural practice in Britain’s Asian community for too long and was “little short of slavery. ”
“For too long in this country we have thought ‘well, it’s a cultural practice and we just have to run with it’,” he said. “We don’t. It’s a crime.
“You are taking 15-, 16-year-old British citizens, taking them off to another country against their will, marrying them with someone against their will.
“It is an absolutely abhorrent practice,” he added. “It is, frankly, little short of slavery.
“If you commit that sort of offence you’ll get a very, very tough punishment.”
The government’s Forced Marriage Unit said 46 per cent of the nearly 600 cases of forced marriage it dealt with between January and May this year involved Pakistani nationals.
Some 45 per cent of the victims were younger than 18, the agency said, and 87 per cent of the victims were female. Forcing someone into a marriage will become a criminal offence in England and Wales, with the maximum sentence to be set out in a new law.
Campaigners have warned that criminalizing the practice could discourage victims from coming forward because they do not want their relatives to face jail.