20 December 2019

Maastricht scholars successfully fight forced marriage and marital captivity

For the research group led by Susan Rutten, professor of Islamic Family Law in a European Context at Maastricht University (UM), in recent weeks, everything has fallen into place. Partly in response to the recommendations of their MARICAP study, the Dutch minister of legal protection Sander Dekker recently proposed a bill to make it possible to bring a swifter end to marital captivity. A week later, the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) published an evaluation by the same lawyers of the Forced Marriage Prevention Act, which came into force four years ago this month.