Forced marriage definition: "A marriage conducted without the valid consent of one or both parties, where duress is a factor". Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses".
Are you worried about being forced into a marriage either in the UK or abroad or have you been forced to marry against your will? No one has the right to force an individual to marry. No major world faith condones forced marriage. You have the right to choose who you marry. Forced marriage affects both males and females.
If someone is forcing you to marry or you have been forced into a marriage against your will they may have broken the law in the UK and in other countries. If you are leaving the UK and fear you will be forced to marry:
- *Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
- *Write down the address and telephone number of the British High Commission / Embassy in the country you are going to; your passport number and date of issue; and the name and address of a relative in the country you are visiting. Keep this with you.
- *Make sure you take some money in case you need to make a phone call or for transport.
- *Take a mobile phone that works abroad.
- * When you arrive contact the nearest British High Commission or Embassy.
Leave as much of the following information as possible with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
- *Name as on passport (essential).
- *Passport number, date and place of issue.
- *Date of birth (essential).
- *Recent photograph.
- *Parents names (essential).
- *Address and telephone number in the UK.
- *Details of where and who you will be staying with abroad (essential).
- *Date expected to return.
- *Details of reliable friend or relative in the UK.