Government targets Sharia marriages

The Copenhagen Post - 26 November 2012

Increased punishment and the expulsion of imams among the efforts aimed at curbing forced religious marriages The minister for integration and social affairs, Karen Hækkerup, said that the new legislation would ensure that everyone has "the same rights to freedom" (File photo: Scanpix)

The government is stepping up its battle against forced marriages. TV2 News reported this evening that the government will announce a package tomorrow aimed at curbing forced Muslim marriages, also known as Sharia marriages. The legislation is expected to further increase the criminal punishments for forced marriages, ban those married under Sharia law from utilising the Danish divorce system, and allow for the expulsion of imams who carry out forced religious marriages. (continue reading...)