Parents convicted of attempted forced marriage

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Two parents were found guilty Wednesday in the Värmland district court of attempting to force their young daughter to marry.

The case concerns a girl, who was 13 years old when her parents wanted her to marry a 24-year-old man. The family had recently arrived in Sweden from Syria, according to the court. On Christmas Eve of 2015, she alerted the police that she needed help. The legal question was whether or not she had been forced to get married first.

In Sweden, forcing someone to marry was made a crime relatively recently and carries a prison sentence of up to four years.

In Wednesday's ruling, the girl's parents received a suspended sentenced, while the man whom they intended their daughter to marry was acquitted. According to the court's website, the prosecutor was not able to prove that the man understood that the girl did not want to enter the bond.