According to Dutch News, lawmakers in The Netherlands are cracking down on forced marriage by setting 18 as the minimum legal age to consent to wed:

Ministers have agreed to stop the under-18s getting married in the Netherlands. In addition, officials will only recognise marriages involving minors which were carried out abroad if both partners are 18 when they apply to have their wedding approved in the Netherlands.

The new regulation could discourage parents from forcing their underage children into early marriages or, alternatively, prompt them to strand underage brides abroad – in countries with few or no protections from human rights violations – until they turn eighteen.

READ MORE: Ministers agree new rules to reduce forced marriages, Dutch News (March 23, 2012).

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