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Teachers could get power to stop forced marriages -Times Online
Teachers, social workers, women’s rights groups and local councils may be given the power to stop forced marriages, under government plans to protect vulnerable teenagers.

Ministers are preparing a list of third parties who would have the authority to go to court to try to prevent families from forcing children into marriage in Britain and abroad.

What a frightening bunch to be given quasi-police powers. It seems that the proposal is that busybodies can step in an stop a marriage without a "victim" complaining, or even being aware they are being saved.


A third party seeking to prevent a forced marriage would be able to ask the courts for a forced marriage protection order, which would result in a jail sentence if broken.

“An application made on a victim’s behalf allows the victim to be one step removed from the court proceedings,” according to a paper drawn up by the Ministry of Justice.

“Victims may feel unwilling or unable to take action against the perpetrators who may be members of their family.”

The third party would not need to get the victim’s permission before going to court to ask for the order.

Teachers, social workers, women’s rights groups and local councils are so conditioned to seeing ordinary people as "victims" that they believe it is their right to step in to run their lives. If there is a crime about to be committed, I'm not sure what forcing someone unwillingly into a forced marriage counts as though it comes pretty close to rape, than we already have the mechanisms in place through the police and courts to stop it. Spreading judicial powers to self appointed guardians is a dangerous precedent, how soon before they are seeking orders to stop all sort of other behaviours they disapprove of?

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"... social workers ... and local councils are so conditioned to seeing ordinary people as 'victims' that they believe it is their right to step in to run their lives."

Certainly worked for Victoria Climbie.

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