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Baroness Warsi has convinced the Government to make the practice of forced marriage illegal in the UK. The Home Office lawyers have been instructed to create the new offence within weeks. Speaking to The Sun, Baroness Warsi said: “Forced marriage is akin to slavery and it is going on in Britain today. But it is time to draw a line in the sand and say enough. This is not acceptable.”
The Tory Chairman said it can eventuate in extreme cases where the children are drugged and taken overseas. "Lots of intimidation and violence is used" she said. However, Lady Warsi accepts that the decision will not be popular in Asian communities.
“This isn’t going to be an easy ride for me, especially as somebody deeply connected to Asian communities. I can’t see everybody in Somali, Kurdish or Iranian communities patting me on the back. But this isn’t about keeping everybody happy. It’s about doing the right thing."
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