A stand-alone criminal offence on forced marriage was introduced on July 2011. Section 237 of the Criminal Code, that states the following definition and dispositions on the criminal conduct identified as Force Marriage:
(1) Whosoever unlawfully with force or threat of serious harm causes a person to enter into a marriage shall be liable to imprisonment from six months to five years. The act shall be unlawful if the use of force or the threat of harm is deemed inappropriate for the purpose of achieving the desired outcome.
(2) The same penalty shall apply to a person who, for the purposes of committing an offence under subsection (1) above, with force or threat of serious harm or through deception, transports that person, or causes that person to travel, to a territory outside the Federal Republic of Germany, or prevents that person from returning from there.
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