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Harder Sentences for Forced Marriage

Posted by Exile on January 3, 2008

Here is something that might make others in Europe sit up and take notice. The Danish government has proposed a strengthening of the law against forced marriages. At present, if it can be proved, one can be sentenced to up to 2 years in prison for forcing someone to marry against their will. The government wants to raise that to 4 years incarceration. Which is still too little by my reckoning, considering that the poor women who say no to being forcibly married – till death do us part, often end up dead as a result of an “honour killing”. Which has nothing to with honour and has a great deal to do with money and legalised slavery. The government is also seeking to make the entire condition of forced marriage illegal and to have the offense stand as a seperate criminal entity under the law, thereby punishable by imprisonment.

As the Minister for Justice, Lene Espersen, said, “It is unacceptable that anyone should be forced to marry against their will. We must do everything we can to eradicate such marriages”.
The suggested changing of the law concerning forced marriages is inspired by Norway. Harder punishment in that country has proved to be a deterrent.

Not everyone is happy about this suggestion.

For example, the Islamic Faith Society, Denmarks answer to CAIR, believes that any new laws would be unnecessary and would further the growing negative attitudes toward muslims in general.

Surprise, surprise.

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3 Responses to “Harder Sentences for Forced Marriage”

  1. ammani said

    Forced marriage is sometimes a trigger for dishonor killings. I think penalties for forcing a marriage is a step in the right direction.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

  2. Beautiful news! Good for Denmark for taking preventative action that is specific and clear. I hope it will work as a deterrent.

    Ellen is correct about the correlation between forced betrothals and marriages and subequent murders of the coerced female “partners.”

    Karen Tintori
    Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family
    http://www.karentintori.com

  3. […] that the Danish government have increased the sentences for forced marriages when I discovered that Exile had written about it on his blog. On the Wing, so I encourage you to read the news […]

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