View Full Version : Sweden hit by huge number of child brides as young as ELEVEN

Captain Pancakes
09-08-2016, 03:31 PM
An influx of underage brides who have arrived in the country during the crisis has left it facing fresh problems.

In Denmark, a city which took a huge chunk of the nation’s 20,000 asylum seekers, is now considering banning child marriages.

In February the Danes announced plans to separate child brides from their husbands upon arrival in the country.

Oussama El-Saadi, a high-profile imam from a mosque in Aarhus, urged them to scrap the idea.

Despite protests, politicians are choosing whether to vote in favour of not recognising it.

Karen Ellemann told Danish newspaper Berlingske: “Marriage is for adults.

“We must not allow people under the age of 18 to marry or validate marriages involving minors from abroad.”

According to the minister, she became aware of the problem more than a year ago, when more “child brides” appeared at a number of asylum centers around Denmark.

Data from Norway reveals that at least 61 minors were married when they sought asylum in that country last year, the youngest was an 11-year-old girl.

Originally, child marriages can be allowed under special circumstances.

Additionally, couples may seek permission to get married if they are under 18.

But under the new proposed law such agreements will be scrapped.

The automatic acceptance of foreign marriages, in which either of the partners is underage, will also end.

Danish laws currently do not specifically ban forced marriage or polygamy.

Ms Ellemann is hoping this can change.

She said: “I will put the law under the microscope to see if there is more to be cleaned up.

“The law should clearly reflect the notion that neither polygamy nor forced marriages are accepted here in Denmark.”