Norway's immigration authorities have denied an Afghan family reunification due to a lack of documentation which has its roots on the Asian country's civil law, which is partly derived from Islamic sharia.

Parwin, a 30-year-old Afghan woman, told newspaper Aftenposten that she fled the country with her daughters, who are now with relatives in Pakistan, to escape an arranged marriage planned for one of them by her husband, who was also abusive towards her.

She has now been denied family reunification with the daughters by authorities, who cited a lack of documentation for her right to custody – something that does not exist in the sharia law under which she married.

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