Court decision to boost confidence of people: Sally

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BIRMINGHAM: Commenting over the court decision, Superintendent Sally Holmes of West Midlands Police said the case decided Tuesday was important “to give people the confidence they need in coming forward, and to say that absolutely it’s the right thing to do to report the matter.”
The government’s Forced Marriage Unit says it has issued more than 1,500 forced marriage protection orders since 2008. The court orders, a step short of criminal prosecution, are designed to prevent people from being forced to wed.
Britain introduced an offense of forced marriage in 2014, but prosecutions have been rare in part because victims often do not want to report family members to police. Meanwhile, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to has said: “No child should be forced into marriage, and this case shows that victims can come forward in the knowledge they will be listened to.
Children as young as 13 have contacted Child line  worried about being forced into marriage yet fearing they will be cut out of their community if they refuse. Adults can call the NSPCC Helpline in confidence, 24/7, on 0808 800 5000 while Child line is there for young people on 0800 1111 or via www.childline.org.uk .