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Iranian Parliament Wants to Legalize Marriage for Girls As Young As 9 Years Old

Iranian Parliament Wants to Legalize Marriage for Girls As Young As 9 Years Old

When I was in fifth grade, two of my classmates got married on the playground at recess. We were 10 years old. The wedding was long forgotten the next day as we were just kids playing a game, but in Iran, underage marriage is not a game. It’s a reality.

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 childbirth.

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 robs a girl of her chance to a full education with the added burden of household and family responsibilities.

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?

Sign the petition today!

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2:02AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Whatever...happens in the Middle East stays there.

11:25AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

these people with this stupid retarded idea are definitely not fit to lead a nation, get rid!

11:15AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Horrible!

3:58AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Can this really be beneficial to the male and their family?

7:53AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you Ximinea, for Sharing this!

5:30PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Noted :(

5:05AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

This matter has been investigated by I think BBC, but definetly on british TV.

It is true. The men control everything....BUT ...why don't the women stop all conjugal rights till change is made...Oh Yes,..... I forgot, they will be divorced, cast out onto the street and their children removed from them.
Oh and God forbid she shows an inch of white ankle sock under her robe whilst on the street, that will result in a canning on the street by the men who monitor the whorish traits of all women ...until they want a lovely tender 9 year old.......everything's all right then.NOT

12:46PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Promoting pedophilia!

12:46PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Promoting pedophilia!

3:01PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

This is truly disgusting, but ofcourse, what do we have to say against them? They are just following their PEACEFULL and LOVING religion. lol

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