Supreme Court Judge Göran Lambertz. Photo: Kerstin Carlsson/SCANPIX

Government to criminalize forced marriages

A government commissioned report out today is expected to call for prison sentences for those responsible for forced marriages.

In January Judge Göran Lambertz who will present the report said that it would propose prison sentences, and remove the current exemption in some cases for people under 18 to marry.

According to Swedish Radio News, the proposal will call for up to four years imprisonment for forcing someone to marry.

According to Göran Lambertz, there are around 300 people in Sweden today living under the threat of being forced to marry against their will.

Speaking to Swedish Radio News, Islamologist Jan Hjärpe is uncertain how much effect legislation could have. He says if a family believes a couple are married, even even though it is not legal, there’s nothing to stop them from living together.

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