A Swedish government agency has withdrawn a booklet for immigrants who are married to children after it was blasted by Swedish lawmakers for its allegedly soft approach to child marriage.
The booklet, “Information for those who are married to a child” was retracted Thursday by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare, which said the material was developed within the framework of a government project to provide information to those in such marriages about current laws and practices in Sweden — including the ban on such marriages, child rights and social services.
The Local reports that the brochure has fired up controversy particularly over the soft language used when it said: “Since children under the age of 15 have an absolute right to protection from sexual acts it is improper for you to live together if the child is under 15.”
“The material has raised strong reactions and many views. We withdraw the material and will look over it,” a statement from the agency said.