The man, a Muslim Moroccan with a regular job in Italy, has been sentenced for maltreatment, kidnapping and violence after he struck and locked up his wife in the house during the period 2004-05. Their marriage was an arranged one; at the time the woman was 16 while the man was 30. This raises doubts about the legitimacy of the marriage itself: Italian law, in fact, doesn’t permit other members of the family to reunite in Italy in a case like this, in which at least one spouse is still a teenager and there are doubts concerning the actual intention of the couple in getting married.

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