Many German women forced into marriage

2011-11-09 18:42

Berlin - More than 3 000 women and girls in Germany, most from Muslim families and many of them minors, faced forced marriage in the course of a year, official research released on Wednesday indicated.

The first federal study of its kind found 3 443 recorded cases in 2008 - the most recent year with sufficient data - in which people living in Germany were forced to wed or threatened with a forced marriage.

Most were between the ages of 18 and 21, although nearly a third of them were under the age of 17.

Almost all were female and the children of staunchly religious immigrant families, most frequently from countries including Turkey, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Those who force their own children to marry someone they don't love, or a perfect stranger, against their will are committing a brutal act of violence against them," Family Minister Kristina Schroeder said, presenting the study funded by her ministry.

More than half were beaten or otherwise physically abused to convince them to marry, while more than one in four were threatened with weapons or told they would be killed if they did not go through with the marriage.

Forty-four percent of the people at threat or subjected to forced marriages held German passports.

The study was carried out by a private foundation and a women's rights organisation based on data provided by victims help centres, schools and immigrant associations.

Germany last year passed legislation against forced marriages, making it a criminal act punishable by up to five years in prison and providing means for victims taken abroad to return to Germany.

Previously, the practice had been considered under the law as a particularly severe form of coercion.

  • Dirk - 2011-11-09 19:16

    Marriages of convenience forced on them for the husbands to gain entry, or more specifically to escape from islamic run countries

  • Vince.York - 2011-11-09 20:21

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  • Preshen - 2011-11-10 08:05

    That explains why there is so many suicide bombers because when their see face’s they want to kill themselves

      frangelico - 2011-11-23 09:13

      Oh PRESHEN,you are such a funny man,probably would rather blow herself up than go through what she knows awaits her,I have read of many horrors these poor woman are subjected to from the husband & the evil mother-in-law

      fawzia.bayat - 2012-09-29 22:37

      Preshan allow me to enlighten without insulting you because the PROPHET MUHUMMUD (Peace.Be.Upon.Him. & all PROPHETS PRIOR HIM FROM ADAM TO JESUS) said 'DO NOT INSULT" to get to the point:- SUICIDE IS FORBBIDEN IN THE QURAAN-(1945 translation by the late ABDULLAH YUSUF ALI (not the american evanglist version of the furqan ). Comprehendo? Do your homework prior trying to obtain a laugh from your "fans" hope you develop mentally & otherwise. FROM an old , free, wise, Muslim woman

  • Robert - 2011-11-10 08:57

    Germany is digging another grave for themselves

  • samgaf - 2012-09-29 09:18

    "Religion is based . . . mainly on fear . . . fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. . . . My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race." [Bertrand Russell]

  • samgaf - 2012-09-29 09:21

    By the way and all,it also happens here in SA.Parents seek rich husbands for their daughters which I consider to be nothing less than prostitution.

      fawzia.bayat - 2012-09-29 22:40

      This practise is a global phenomenon : where the rich want to marry the rich' KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY i.e. the money

  • fawzia.bayat - 2012-09-29 22:25

    Quote from The Quraan (1945 translation - Abdulla Yusuf Ali) , (not the fabricated Furqan writtenone by some evangelist in America); Quote 1) "LET THERE BE NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION ." Quote 2) "TAKE NOT A WOMAN AGAINST HER WILL." Incidentally when a Nikah ( i.e. formal marriage ceremony is performed ) ;the bride -to- be is asked 3 (THREE) times ' whether or not she agrees to the future spouse. She has the option to exercise her will; likewise for the male counterpart. hope some light has been shed to remove the veil of mental ignorance.

  • jm.johanreyneke - 2012-10-02 17:03

    There is only 1 good explanation for these forced marriages.... These parents do not love there kids and want to get rid of them, why else would they force their children into marrying someone they don`t love. This is rape. Poor women...

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