A Ban on Child Marriage in UK comes closer.

From the debate on Friday 19th of November 2021 when the Bill was read a second time.

MP Pauline Latham/ part of her speech –

“For many people I speak to, it is a shock for them to learn that child marriage is not illegal in this country already, and it happens far more often than one might think. In the last 12 months, the national charity Karma Nirvana has responded to 76 known cases of child marriage in England and Wales, with the youngest case concerning a seven-year-old girl. We know all too well the devastating impact that child marriage has on vulnerable children”.

A young girl stands holding the hand of an adult man she has been forced to marry. Behind a child mother holds a baby. A doll and book are on the floor unused.
February 2019. Across the world millions of children are being forced into marriage . Oil on board . 100 Painted Vows. Ex Votive.

Commons Library analysis of Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill 2021-22

In the UK, the NSPCC offers support to children on 0800 1111, and adults concerned about a child on 0808 800 5000. The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac) offers support for adult survivors on 0808 801 0331.

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