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How can forced marriage be stopped?

Peter van Dyk | 12:48 UK time, Thursday, 16 March 2006

The British government has launched a campaign to stop forced marriage, and is due to announce within weeks whether forcing people to marry will be made a specific new criminal offence. Will publicity or new laws make any difference?

At the moment it's thought over a thousand young people from Britain are being forced to marry every year.

A series of radio, TV and press adverts will highlight the difference between forced and arranged marriage and publicise the support available for people forced into marriage.

Have you or anyone you know been involved in a forced marriage? Should people forcing others into marriage be prosecuted or can a campaign make a difference? Or is it down to young people to stand up to their parents and choose their own partners?

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