Here in the uk aranged marriages are not part of our culture and as of today the maximum sentence for forced marrriage (as opposed to aranged) is seven years imprisonment. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2007/20/contents Though it has technically been law since 2007 Now as for aranged marriages, as long as the son/daughter is in agreement then it can be a good thing. The family will know other families and suitable potential partners for their son/daughter. So my question is how many aranged marriages result in divorce as opposed to marriages chosen by the participants? As for forced marriages that can never be a good thing hence the law now in place. Often underage girls are married off to older men just for sex which makes these men paedophiles and the girls parents accessories after the fact and liable to prosecution as should be the men. In my view they parents should have thier other children taken into care and compulsorarily sterilised.