The German government recently made the shocking discovery that “as of July 2016, 1,500 minors of non-German background were registered as married, including 361 under the age of 14,” according to the Central Register of Foreign Nationals.
This revelation caused German leaders to agree on a proposal Wednesday which will outlaw child marriages.
According to the data, “The largest group of child brides, 664 minors, come from Syria followed by Afghanistan and Iraq.”
“Children do not belong at the wedding altar, they belong in school,” declared Justice Minister Heiko Maas. “We cannot tolerate any marriages that might harm the natural development of minors.”
Daily Caller reported that the current age of consent for all marriages is 16 in Germany.
“Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet wants to annul all marriages where a participant was under the age of 16 at the time of the wedding. Courts would further have the power to nullify marriages involving a person between 16 and 18 years of age.”
However, because they consider the practice by immigrants to be a “religious marriage,” authorities are helpless to do anything to stop them.
Teachers have been reporting frequent cases of teenage girls suddenly not showing up for school anymore because they have been married.
Below is the English translation of Maas’ remarks:
SOT, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection (German): “Children don’t marry, they’re married off. And therefore, because of that, in Germany child marriage is not permitted. Children don’t belong at the altar, they belong in school. A strengthening of the current legal position has thus been necessary because more and more marriages in Germany were carried out outside Germany. There are many minors who have fled to Germany who are already married – and I refer to minors as under 16 years old – we may not tolerate any marriages of minors, as it damages their most personal development. It is due to this that minors who have married abroad and are in Germany are comprehensively and better protected under German law; and this will be done quicker than was the case before.”
“For [children] under 16 years, marriages are invalid under German law. But it is, for us, particularly important that the break-up of the marriage bond must always place the welfare of the affected minor at the centre. Therefore, we will also make sure that – in every case – minors will be taken into the care of the Department of Children’s and Young People’s Affairs and then can be separated from their partner.”
H/T: Daily Caller
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