Home Secretary Sajid Javid vows to take action on forced marriages

Sajid Javid vows to take action on forced marriages after being accused of ‘turning a blind eye’ to girls forced into abusive relationships

  • The Home Secretary admitted on Twitter yesterday that ‘more needs to be done’
  • Department was accused of ignoring problem of girls handing visas to husbands
  • Charities say the Home Office is granting visas for fear of being labelled racist 

Sajid Javid last night admitted that ‘more needs to be done’ to combat the ‘despicable’ practice of forced marriage.

The Home Secretary vowed to take action after his department was accused of ‘turning a blind eye’ to girls forced into abusive marriages by handing visas to their foreign husbands.

Mr Javid wrote on Twitter: ‘Despite excellent Government work since 2010 combating forced marriage, more needs to be done. It’s a despicable, inhumane, uncivilised practice that has no place whatsoever in Britain.’

Sajid Javid last night admitted that ‘more needs to be done’ to combat the ‘despicable’ practice of forced marriage

Charities say the Home Office is granting visas for fear of being labelled racist. 

Jasvinder Sanghera, a campaigner against forced marriages, said: ‘Even when officials know it’s a forced marriage, they see tradition, culture or religion and they’re reticent to deal with it.’


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Officials dealt with 88 cases last year of women trying to block visas for men they had to marry in other countries. In almost half of the cases, visas were still approved, The Times reported. 

Some girls were taken abroad by relatives where they were auctioned off as brides and then raped. Once pregnant, they were flown to the UK to give birth. Lawyers then helped the husband to secure a visa. 

The Home Secretary took to Twitter to vow further Government action on forced marriages 

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