Germany fails to protect children: Merkel’s government has no idea how many child brides there are
A year ago, Germany launched a law combating child marriages, but the Federal Government has no idea how many of those marriages exist in the country, Die Weltreports.
Last summer, during the ‘first’ refugee crisis, the German government decided to implement the law to protect children against premature and unwanted marriages in the future.
“In Germany, there may be no child marriages. Children do not belong in the civil registry office or the altar,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas, then said.
According to the Federal Government, the youth welfare offices would have to take care of all foreign children and adolescents traveling alone, but adds: “There are no figures on how many of the underage refugees who are being taken care of are married.”
A serious failure, as the deputy FDP faction leader Katja Suding says. “The law against child marriages was passed to remedy a malady. Now it turns out that the federal government is doing nothing to check whether it also works. You do not have any numbers.”
Marriages in Germany have a minimum age of 18 years. Marriages concluded abroad with a partner under the age of 16 are in principle ineffective.