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  Forced marriages law considered
Updated 27 October 2004, 15.18
The government wants an end to forced marriages
People who force others to get married could be breaking the law soon as part of new plans to make it a crime.

Thousands of young people, mainly Asians, have marriages arranged, but these aren't the same as forced ones.

In arranged marriages people can choose whether to go ahead with it or not, but in forced marriages they are made to do it even if they don't want to.

The government wants these forced marriages stopped and thinks making them a crime could help.

At the moment it's not against the law to force someone to get married, although people who do it can be charged with other offences like kidnapping.

In the 12 months leading up to April this year there were around 300 suspected cases of forced marriage.

About 200 people were rescued, given somewhere else to live or were brought back to the UK if they had been taken out of the country.

Most of the cases involved young women, and sometimes girls as young as 13, but experts think up to 15% of cases may involve men marrying who don't want to.

Newsround will be showing a special report on this issue on Monday, 8 November.

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