Ending Forced Marriages In Netherlands

An all too common experience in the Netherlands is that young girls go on vacation to their parent’s homeland and do not return because they were married off to someone or they might return as a married woman. A new pilot program will ask young girls who are headed home on vacation to sign a declaration in which they make clear there is no intention on their part to be part of an arranged marriage. If the student is forced into such a marriage, the school can contact the police. This program is in effect in Great Britain which has staff who are ready to fly to a country and work with local authorities for the return of the young girl.

The legal ground for return of the girl is the compulsory education act which requires school attendance and if parents fail to have their child in school they are subject to legal penalties. Schools will also undertake an education program concerning arranged marriages and the legal rights of girls.