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Germany Imports Child Marriage

Germany Imports Child Marriage

Date Published: 
Thursday, 6 October, 2016
Summary: 
  • The true number of child marriages in Germany is believed to be much higher than the official statistics suggest because many are being concealed.

  • In May, an appeals court in Bamberg recognized the marriage of a 15-year-old Syrian girl to her 21-year-old cousin. The ruling effectively legalized Sharia child marriages in Germany.

  • "Religious or cultural justifications obscure the simple fact that older, perverse men are abusing young girls." — Rainer Wendt, head of the German police union.

  • "This is not a question of tolerance and openness, but a question of the protection of children and minors. We therefore need a clear rule: Assessing the marriageable age of a person ... will in the future always be determined by German law." — Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback.