Ex-Danish Minister Jailed for Separating Child Brides from Migrant Men
'I will take my punishment, and I do so without shame'
Former Danish Migration Minister Inger Støjberg has been convicted of illegally "separating child brides" from migrant men in 2016 and will be sentenced to 60 days in prison.
The former Minister for Immigration and Integration was found guilty of violating the Ministerial Responsibility Act, where she separated migrant men from their underage wives.
In 2016, Støjberg had separated 18 couples after deciding migrant girls aged between 14 and 17 would not be allowed to stay in the same asylum reception facilities as their adult husbands.
The separation of the couples was found to be against Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and several points of Danish administrative law.
Støjberg reacted to the verdict saying:
“I am very, very surprised, I have to say.”
“It is Danish values that have lost today,” she said.
“There is something very wrong when you cannot protect girls from the disgusting phenomenon of child brides,” she continued, adding:
“I will take my punishment, and I do so without shame.”
Støjberg previously provided examples of cases that moved her.
She recalled one couple that arrived from Iraq in which the husband was 29 and the wife 17.
The woman was already pregnant with her third child when they got to Denmark, and she had previously given birth to two children when she was just 12 and 13 years old.
The migrants separated were “young asylum-seeking couples,” according to the BBC, which gave an example of a Syrian couple of a man aged 26 and his bride 17.
But Deutsche Welle states that some girls were a young as 15.
As Neon Nettle reported last year:
The issue of child brides is not limited to Denmark but is endemic throughout the migrant communities of Western Europe — especially since Muslims see it as part of their culture.
We also reported a Muslim imam revealed during a BBC interview that marrying child brides is permissible under Islamic law.
The Shia cleric told the reporter that raping a girl as young as nine years old was "no problem" under Sharia Law.