The German government agreed to a new draft law Wednesday banning child marriages after discovering that there are about 1,500 cases of minors having adult spouses, with some brides even younger than 14 arriving into the country as a result of a massive refugee influx, according to the Gateway Pundit.
The measure aims to protect girls who were married at a very young age in their home country and sought asylum in Germany. Under the draft law, youth welfare workers will be allowed to take underage brides into their care, if necessary, by separating them from their adult husbands.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior released data showing 1,475 minors had been documented as married in 2016, with 1,152 of them girls. The largest group came from Syria with 664 children, followed by Afghanistan with 157, Iraq with 100 and Bulgaria with 65.
The bill still needs to be voted on in the German parliament where debate is expected to begin in July.