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MSPs consider forced marriage criminalisation

MSPs have decided to take further evidence before deciding whether to support controversial plans to outlaw forced marriage.

Holyrood's justice committee will hear from campaign groups next year before finalising a report on proposals to adopt English laws creating a new offence of coercing someone into marriage against their will.

Committee convener Christine Grahame said concerns about the plans remained, adding: "We'll not be rushed."

Campaign groups fear criminalising forced marriage will discourage victims - who, typically, come under duress from family members - from coming forward.

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