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Home Secretary promises to do more to prevent forced marriages

Sajid Javid condemns “despicable, inhumane, uncivilised practice"

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has promised to do more to prevent forced marriages. His intervention follows the publication by The Times of figures obtained in reply to a Freedom of Information request. They show that the Home Office had received 175 inquiries concerning the blocking of spouses' visas last year. Of those, 88 became full cases which included direct requests from victims, third parties, and officials who suspected a forced marriage. Visas were issued in 42 cases. In an additional ten a decision is pending or subject to appeal.

Mr Javid said forced marriage was a "despicable, inhumane, uncivilised practice".

For the article in The Times (for which there is a pay wall), click here. For an article on the BBC News website, click here.

For two recent articles about forced marriage and protective measures by Judith Pepper of 4 Brick Court, click here and here.