No action against informal marriages

    In response to questions about informal marriages in the Netherlands, Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin said that those who contract informal Muslim marriages should not be punished, but fought with dialogue and information. Hirsch Ballin answered the parliamentary questions of two Labor Party members, who said that they fear informal Muslim marriages could cause forces marriages and polygamy. By law, it is forbidden to contract marriages without being registered; a religious marriage is allowed, but only if it is preceded by a civil marriages.

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