Nevertheless, there has been growing incidences of forced marriages where young girls are forced to marry men out of duress by their parents regardless of age. This, in some cases, takes place due to cultural practices of some of the groups of people in the society.
However, rights movements, politician, and charity organizations have been advocating for the criminalization of forced marriage citing a number of moral reasons (Travis 2012). The crusade for the criminalization of forced marriage began several years ago, but their plight was considered when the British Prime Minister David Cameron supported the move by proposing legislation to criminalize forced marriage in the UK (Bari 2012). Nevertheless, some people still do not see the merit of criminalizing forced marriage in the country. The purpose of this paper is to examine how various organizations, individuals, and politicians in the country are working toward ensuring that forced marriage is criminalized in the country.
Coercing someone into marriage without obtaining his consent is set to become a crime in the UK anytime from now (Butler 2012). This implies that any parent who will be found forcing his child into marriage will be liable for incarceration. Forced marriage refers to a situation where a particular marriage is performed out of duress without obtaining full permission from the parties to marriage (Butler 2012). The British Prime Minister David Cameron describes forced marriage as taking a young person boy or girl aged 15-16 off to another country forceful and marrying them to someone without their consent. He calls this a big crime, which has to be criminalized in the country.
In his June speech, Cameron announced to the nation that he has listened carefully to their concerned raised by various crusaders from the criminalization of forced marriage in the country in a bid to protect victims from entering into marriages, which they do not consent to. In addition, he noted