Parents who force their children into marriage to face up to five years in jail in new crackdown
By JAMES MILLBANK
PUBLISHED: 23:28 GMT, 2 June 2012 | UPDATED: 23:29 GMT, 2 June 2012
Families who coerce their children into a forced marriage could face up to five years in jail under legislation to be announced by the Prime Minister this week.
The new law will criminalise the practice, which occurs in some ethnic communities.
Forcing someone into wedlock would become a criminal offence in its own right under the proposals.