Thursday, April 6, 2017

Germany Is Preparing to Outlaw Child Marriages; Seeks to Protect Girls Married in Muslim Nations

Germany is working on new rules ensuring that most marriages involving minors are not legally recognized in the country, the Euro News website reports today (April 6, 2017).

The draft law aims to protect girls who were married abroad -- mainly in Muslim countries where child brides as young as 10 years old are allowed -- and who sought asylum in Germany.

The bill was approved by the cabinet yesterday, and is expected to be approved by Germany's parliament in July.

It calls for marriages involving under-16s to be considered null and void, and for courts to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to nullify those involving youths aged 16 to 18.

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