By Helen Jackson
Today, on the 32nd International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill reaches the Committee stage of the House of Lords. The Bill introduces a raft of measures covering matters as diverse as dangerous dogs, extradition proceedings, firearms and, tucked away in Part 10, forced marriage.
Forced marriage is to be criminalised. “Was it not already?”, you may ask.
The current law
Forced marriage is where one or both parties to a marriage lack consent and duress is a factor. Forcing an individual …