Child brides: New laws to get tough on parents who force arranged marriages

PARENTS caught trying to force daughters into “horrific” arranged marriages would have their passports torn up and be forced to reveal to authorities where their child could be found, under tough new NSW government laws.

Just days after prominent Melbourne imam Ibrahim Omerdic was charged with facilitating the forced marriage of a child under 16, NSW Family and Community Services is seeking urgent advice about how to better protect young people from arranged marriages.

One option being seriously considered is introducing the UK’s forced marriage protection orders. Under the orders, parents can be hauled before the family courts and made to reveal where the child could be found.



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