Iran to legalize marriage of 9 year old girls
The Iranian Parliament recently issued a statement saying they regard
the country’s law prohibiting marriage for girls under 10-years-old as
“un-Islamic and illegal.”
As such, girls as young as nine would be permitted – and in reality forced – to marry men much older than them.
“We must regard nine as being the appropriate age for a girl to have
reached puberty and qualified to get married,” said Parliament member
Mohammad Ali Isfenani.
Forcing girls to marry at such a young age carries many serious consequences.
A 9-year-old girl is not physically or emotionally ready to start in
engaging in sexual activity, not to mention carrying a child. If a young
girl does become pregnant, her health risks increase dramatically. In
fact, girls under 15-years-old are five times more likely to die during
Forcing a girl to marry a man much older than her would thus
effectively legalize sex between a minor and adult man and endanger a
girl’s health and safety.
Marrying at such a young age also rips a girl of her chance to a full
education with the added burden of household and family
Nine-year-old girls should be spending their time in school learning
not having sex, managing a household, or taking care of children.
Join members on Care2 in asking the Iranian Parliament to put an end to child marriage by signing the “Iran: Don’t Legalize Marriage for Girls Under 10!” petition.
Over the summer 75 girls under 10-years-old have been forced to marry
men much older than them. How many more girls need to suffer before
child marriage is taken seriously?
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NO I did not, for once, but in an undecided button. I'm sorry. But either you're perfectly okay with allowing these girls to be married off to something they can barely comprehend, or you're against it.
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