Outrage over official brochure with CHILD MARRIAGE tips for migrants

Friday, March 30, 2018
By Paul Martin

SWEDEN has withdrawn a leaflet giving immigrants who are married to children “tips and advice” on how to settle in the country has been withdrawn following a public outcry.

By MARK CHANDLER
Express.co.uk
Fri, Mar 30, 2018

A brochure called “Information for those married to a child” caused a storm over its “unacceptably” soft tone.

It included an explanation that marrying an under-18 is forbidden in the country and continuing to live with them was “inappropriate”.

And it explained that a child bride would be treated as a lone youngster who did not have their parent or guardian.

One line read: “Since children under the age of 15 have an absolute right to protection from sexual acts it is improper for you to live together if the child is under 15.”

Tobias Billström, leader of the Moderates, blasted the leaflet.

He said: “The biggest failing is that the word ‘prison’ isn’t present, but rather it gives a bit of advice and tips on how to respond if you have a relationship our marriage laws forbid.”

And Liberal leader Jan Björklund tweeted: “Facepalm. Unacceptably flat. The brochure has to be withdrawn without delay.

“Child marriage should be completely forbidden.”

Even Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Lena Hallengren, said she had misgivings about the leaflet.

She said: “There should never be any doubt over which laws and values apply in Sweden.

“It is not permitted to enter into child marriage. That cannot be compromised and that, and the information on it must be crystal clear.”

Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has now removed the literature from its website and said it will think again.

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