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'Women should come forward if coerced by Sharia councils'
by Rob Merrick
Women should come forward if they feel "coerced" by Sharia councils, a Government minister said yesterday – as she vowed they would never be recognised in law.
Helen Grant told MPs there was nothing to stop people using religious councils to reach agreements on a "voluntary basis", following controversy over talks in Bradford.
But she said: "These decisions are subject to national law and are not legally enforceable in themselves.
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