SWEDEN. A maternal grandmother, 64, has been sentenced to jail for one year and nine months and to pay 120 000 kronor ($ 12 901) to her granddaughter for forcing her into a marriage. An aunt, 27, has also been prosecuted.

The girl, who was 16 years old at the time, was tricked by her aunt to travel to Iraq who claimed that her grandmother was ill. When she got there the girl was forced to marry her cousin and the reason for this was that she had a boyfriend and wasn’t a virgin anymore. The aunt saw her with a boy and hacked the girls FB to read her messages. Then the women, and probably more members of the family, planned how to handle the situation.

The family lives according to the rules of honour culture and the girl said to the court that it’s the grandmother who make the decisions in the family. A woman who doesn’t follow the norms of their culture must marry or be killed. The grandmother confirms this, but claims that it’s the men who decides what to do.


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