A majority in parliament is prepared to crack down on imams who perform forced and unregistered Muslim marriages - particularly those involving girls under 18.

The Liberals, Social Democrats, Conservatives and Danish People's Party are unified in their efforts to come up with an effective means of preventing the weddings from taking place and punishing the imams who perform them.

Several leading Muslim experts and counsellors have indicated to Jyllands-Posten newspaper that the number of forced marriages in the country is significant - also for teenage girls who have converted to Islam.

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