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Outgoing charity head bemoans lack of political leadership on forced marriage

Jasvinder Sanghera welcomes new proposals but remains sceptical of government’s commitment

Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, who has announced that she is stepping down as head of Karma Nirvana, the charity she founded 25 years ago, has criticised the government's failure to tackle forced marriage. She has told the Observer that she feels "let down by the lack of leadership" and has warned that more children will suffer as a result.

Last week, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced a package of measures to tackle forced marriage. A consultation is to be launched on the proposal to require professionals to report a forced marriage case to the authorities. Further measures announced to crack down on forced marriage include plans to:

Ms Sanghera welcomed the proposals but noted: "I've lobbied five home secretaries in my time and heard them talk of their commitment to this issue but the proof of the pudding will be in the eating." She added that she felt "there is not the right leadership in government to mainstream this issue."

For the Observer article, click here. For more details of the government's proposals, click here.