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“Child marriage is not regarded as forced marriage in Switzerland and is therefore not prohibited”

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The devout Muslim men who marry children are following in the footsteps of Muhammad, whose favorite wife was six when he married her. Respect it! Apparently Swiss officials think that it would be “islamophobic” to outlaw child marriage. And so they have sentenced untold numbers of Muslim girls to lives of pain, exploitation and misery.

“20 minutes – Nesrin (17) remains a wife because authority does nothing,” En24News, November 7, 2019:

Every week, up to eleven people report to the Center for Forced Marriage, the federal center of excellence. One in three is still a minor. “There are more than ever,” says Anu Sivaganesan, 32, president of the Department of Forced Marriage. In 2018, the department looked after 119 cases of minority marriages. Most of those affected are Kurds from Iraq and Syria or they come from Turkey, Afghanistan or Somalia.

“The main reason for this is the cult of the virginity of women,” said the president of the office of forced marriage. In Switzerland, families see the danger that their daughter may have sex before marriage. Because here you do not live separately according to the sex. “In order to honor the family’s honor, the daughter is then married or engaged abroad as a minor,” said the President.

Two young women who were married as girls and live in Switzerland are Samira (19) and Nesrin (17). So that they can not be identified, their names and countries of origin have been changed. These are her stories.

Samira is Swiss and born here, her parents are from Syria. She was 15 when she was married by telephone to her husband in Syria. A year later, following pressure from the family, the ritual marriage abroad followed.

Last year, Samira became 18th. By reaching the age of majority, child marriage in Switzerland became legally binding. When the young woman realized that, she tried to commit suicide: “I swallowed my father’s pills. But I survived. “With the recognized marriage, her husband, who still lives in Syria, has been given the right to family reunification. He also wants to use this: he will enter Switzerland in the coming days. A disaster for Samira: “Why does Switzerland recognize my child marriage? I do not want to be married! “The 19-year-old is now trying desperately with the help of the office forced marriage to prevent the entry of her husband…

How can it be that Switzerland recognizes marriages without first examining them? Child marriage is not regarded as forced marriage in Switzerland and is therefore not prohibited. But the review of such cases by means of balance of interests is in the criticism. Anu Sivaganesan: “The balancing of interests usually lasts until the person concerned comes of age and the marriage is automatically valid in Switzerland as well.” The Greens and the SVP now want to act. “Basically, it has to be assumed that marriages of under 16 years old are a forced marriage,” says SVP National Councilor Therese Schlapfer. A similar motion was submitted at the end of September. The Department of Forced Marriage, Center of Competence of the Federal Government, sees the same. The department proposes not to recognize marriages abroad before the age of 18 in Switzerland….

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