In Styria, a Syrian father threatened his daughter (19 years old) because she refused to marry a stranger.
There are about 200 forced marriages at least every year in Austria. In the meantime, 15-year-old or even 13-year-old girls are also affected – and some of them are already living in Austria in the second or third generation. Now a 49-year-old Syrian asylum seeker from Aleppo has to stand trial. He had tried to marry his 19-year-old daughter. “Someone has proposed to you”, he is said to have told his daughter. But the daughter did not want the marriage, which the father presumably wanted to arrange for bridal wealth.Thereupon the father is said to have threatened his daughter: “If you do not agree to this, I will kill you. No one will ever find out about this. I’ll dismember you and throw you in the trash.” The daughter finally didn’t know what else to do and went to the police. The public prosecutor’s office in Graz has now charged the Syrian with attempted severe coercion. He faces up to five years in prison. The young woman now lives in a secret place without contact to her family.