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.