Germany Legalizes Child Marriages Performed Under Sharia Law
German Federal Court rules weddings accepted under German law if performed ‘legally’ By: Jay Greenberg |@NeonNettle on 29th December 2018 @ 12.00pm © Nat
Geo Faiz, 40 (left), and Ghulam (right), 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Damarda Village, Afghanistan. The German Federal Court has ruled that child marriages will be legal in Germany, provided they are carried out “legally” under Sharia Law. The bombshell new ruling could have implications on the way child marriages, conducted legally under laws from overseas, are treated in the country.
Despite a new law in 2017 to raise the legal age for marriage to 18 in Germany, this latest verdict will mean the age limit will only apply to those who “follow” German law. The court decreed that all future cases of child marriage must be examined on an individual basis to determine whether they were performed under international or religious laws, rather than have a blanket ban on adults marrying children in the country.