Forced marriage debate

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GOSPORT’S MP Caroline Dinenage has questioned the government over its plans to tackle the issue of forced marriages.

Ms Dinenage asked Home Office ministers what they would do about the practice of forced marriages in a session on the House of Commons.

Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone then laid out plans for a consultation into the possible criminalisation of the practice.

Ms Dinenage urged the government to make sure women are not discouraged from reporting cases of forced marriage.

She said: ‘Every year, it is estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 victims are forced into marriages against their will.’