Individuals from the United States that are fleeing forced marriage situations in Kuwait may face challenges when attempting to leave the country.
Married woman must have the consent of her husband before obtaining a passport.
Travel bans can be initiated for many reasons (including by a father to prevent a mother from leaving with their child or if a legal case is pending), and are strictly enforced at airports and other borders.
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While statutorily some forms of violence against women (including rape and forced prostitution) can be punished with lengthy sentences and/or the death penalty, this does not frequently occur, and in cases of rape the perpetrator can avoid punishment by marrying the victim.
Non-Muslims are generally not granted custody of a child over 5 years old.
There is little information on law enforcement and courts’ response to situations of violence against women and girls in Kuwait.
Individuals from the United States may face substantial challenges if trying to avoid or escape forced marriages in Kuwait.
While there is little data regarding rates of violence against women in Kuwait, domestic abuse is thought to be widespread.