Submitted by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,
The true number of child marriages in Germany is believed to
be much higher than the official statistics suggest because many are
In May, an appeals court in Bamberg recognized the marriage of a 15-year-old Syrian girl to her 21-year-old cousin. The ruling effectively legalized Sharia child marriages in Germany.
"Religious or cultural justifications obscure the simple fact that older, perverse men are abusing young girls." — Rainer Wendt, head of the German police union.
"This is not a question of tolerance and openness, but a
question of the protection of children and minors. We therefore need a
clear rule: Assessing the marriageable age of a person ... will in the
future always be determined by German law." — Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback.