There should be a proper policy to end forced marriages mentioned in the article. Raising the marriage age to 18 would probably just mean that forced marriages would occur two years later. Forced marriages are contrary to Muslim law as well as Jewish and Christian law, and there apparently, as implied in the article, need to be constructive discussions between the government and the appropriate religious authorities about ending forced marriages. However, I am absolutely against preventing sixteen-year olds, or even fifteen-year olds from getting married if they want to. To prevent young marriages is a serious infringement of young peoples' human rights. Again, the important thing is to ensure marriage is only ever a free choice. Doubtless, those who would like legislation preventing young marriages, have a socio-political agenda which favours and encourages public acceptance of teenage and pre-marital sexual relations, which, however, is obviously at variance with the wishes of many young people, in particular, religious young people often from religious families.
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from the article: Israeli MKs to vote this week on plans to raise marriage age to 18