Germany cracks down on foreign child marriages

Germany’s cabinet plans to ban child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.

The new law, set to receive parliamentary approval by July, is seen as a protective move especially for girls by annulling foreign marriages involving minors.

It will allow youth welfare workers to take into care under aged girls even if they were legally married abroad and, if deemed necessary, separate them from their husbands.

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