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8 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I August 2008
UK raises marriage
age for foreigners to 21
The British government lead to ‘victims suffering years
announced last month that of physical and mental abuse
the age at which someone and -- in extreme cases --
can apply for a marriage visa unlawful imprisonment and
will increase from 18 to 21 as rape’.
part of a crackdown on forced “It has no place in our society.
marriage. That is why the Government is
The new law, which also determined to do everything
includes asking spouses to it can to stamp it out and to
enter into an agreement to ensure that victims receive the
learn English before coming help and support they need,”
to Britain, applies to only Smith said.
foreigners who need a visa to “That is why we are raising
enter the UK. the age limit for visas,
Powers are also being checking anyone entering into
introduced to revoke leave to a marriage does so of their
remain in Britain where there own free will, and demanding
is evidence that the marriage that those coming to the UK
route has been abused. learn English,” she added.
Other changes include a Government statistics were
requirement by all sponsors to said to show that 30 percent
register their intention to marry of the cases dealt with by
overseas before they leave the government’s Forced
the UK. A code of practice Marriage Unit involved victims
is also being established for aged between 18 and 21.
specialist teams to identify The tough rules will mean
vulnerable people at risk of that anyone abusing the
forced marriage. marriage visa system will be
Announcing the plans, removed from the UK under a
ant PW assion Islam
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith new power to revoke people’s
warned that forced marriages right to stay in the country.
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