The Home Office is to back away from legislation to protect victims of forced marriage according to the BBC. The victims are mainly, South Asian, or from the Middle-East, the Balkans and Africa apparently they don't matter.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Home Office to offer no protection for minority victims
And why is this the case, presumably kidnapping, raping, and even murder associated with this crime is an irrelevance. This is the New Age, of racial and cultural prejudice. People's lives don't matter because to legislate might just offend some skewed Liberal opinion formers, where ironically they are happy to allow minority groups to suffer with minimal legal protection, because to act might be misinterpreted in some circles.
Pragna Patel, chair of the Southall Black Sisters, is quoted as saying"We don't see the need for criminalisation of forced marriage, which is yet another way of stereotyping and criminalising entire communities at a time when there is heightened racism in this country."
Also we are told that this has been subject to consultation, well I don't remember being questioned nor would I imagine were the victims those who've been subject to kidnap, rape, and violence and in extremes murder.
As I missed out on the original consultation procedure, I thought that I would contact Home Office minister Baroness Scotland whom is apparently responsible for this discussion, naturally I went to the Home Office website, read the glowing biography, but would you believe it in the these days of mass communication, there is no e-mail address or even a physical address to enable one to contact her. Surprisingly this open government, isn't as open as the government would like to think is it.
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