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The Netherlands currently faces a problem in providing asylum for girls who married in Syria but are below the Dutch age of consent, which some argue condones paedophilia.
As many as 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 15 have been given legal permission to join their older partners in Dutch asylum centres, regional news channel RTV-Noord reports.
Should Western nations be forceful in the application of their own laws, or should they be flexed to accommodate other cultures where child sex seems normal? Personally, I think it's an affront that the Dutch state is allowing this to happen and children should be removed from their husbands.
originally posted by: GonzoSinister
We cant tell people who were married in other countries that their marriage is not being recognised in our country, especially after accepted for asylum..
so yes i agree, the process we are talking about is flawed, however the issues created around splitting up a family (there could be babies involved here), going against another countries rules on marriage and creating stress for a young girls who probably knows very little about the world and the only person they know and be it right or wrong share an intimate bond with being taken away from them may well cause more issues than benefits.
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: GonzoSinister
then make sure these girls understand their new rights as far as divorce and let them decide after considering their options. I imagine that for many, their traditions didn't allow for them to chose the husband they are married to....so well, they are in a country that believes that women should have that freedom, and at least allow them to divorce if they chose to. heck put them in protective custody if it's the only way to ensure their safety afterwards.