Child marriage ‘thriving in UK’ due to legal loophole, warn rights groups
- A legal loophole that allows 16- and 17-year-olds in England and Wales to marry with parental consent is being exploited and used to coerce young people into child marriage, campaigners have warned.
- More than 20 organisations have signed a letter to the prime minister insisting current forced marriage law does not go far enough in protecting young people.
- Furthermore, there is no legal provision across the UK to prevent religious or customary child marriages from taking place – at any age.
- In a letter to Boris Johnson, four co-chairs of the Girls Not Brides UK partnership wrote: “Child marriage is often viewed as a ‘developing world issue’ and one that exclusively takes place overseas. The reality is that child marriage is an invisible but thriving issue in the UK today.”
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