Monday, November 22, 2010

Netherlands to introduce stricter sentences for forcing a person to marry

In Turkey it is now legal to trade your daughter in marriage for favors from local officials ~ to speed the process up, for example. This within the last year.

The government wants to introduce stricter sentences for people who force people to marry a person against their will.

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten wants to raise the maximum sentence from nine months to two years. People usually enter into a forced marriage as the result of strong psychological pressure or under threat of violence.

Minister Opstelten also wants to enable judges to remand suspects in custody. At present, this is only possible when a suspect is accused of a crime which carries a four-year minimum sentence.

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