PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Socialdemokraterne) argued in her opening speech in parliament yesterday that the punishment needs to be raised for forced marriages, which remain a national problem.

"We need to show the young people that we are on their side," Thorning-Schmidt told parliament. "The government will increase the punishment for forced marriages."

Despite the PM's support of the victims of forced and arranged marriages, her method for tackling the problem was criticised.

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