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The Copenhagen Police arrested three members of an Afghan-origin family on the charges of forcing their 19-year-old daughter to marry her cousin in Afghanistan against her will, TV2 news reported. The three members involved in the crime are the woman's mother, father and brother.

According to tabloid Ekstra Bladet, the girl was forcibly locked up in an Østerbro apartment for three days, from March 19-21 by her family.

The case will be the first to apply newly-adopted stricter punishment in the criminal code's forced marriage laws. Parliament voted to strengthen the wording in 2008 so that the law now reads: "Forcing someone to enter marriage can result in a prison sentence of up to four years."


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