A government-backed committee in Germany has recommended that the government abolish laws criminalizing incest between siblings, arguing that such bans impinge upon citizens rights to sexual self-determination. The two did not grow up together and met when Stuebing was 24 and Karolewski was 16, and have been romantic partners for several years.
Stuebing was convicted of incest in 2008 and attempted to appeal his case to the European Court of Human Rights, to no avail. Karolewski was allowed to keep custody of the couples youngest child, but the other three were taken into care by the state. Two of the children are disabled, although it is unknown if incest is the cause.
The abolition of the offense of incest between siblings would be the wrong signal, Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, legal policy spokeswoman for the party’s group in parliament, said in a statement.Eliminating the threat of punishment against incestuous acts within families would run counter to the protection of undisturbed development for children.