Increase in Child Marriages in Iran

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Increase in Child Marriages in Iran
Wed 14-12-2016

Zahra Rahimi, Iranian activist and expert on social affairs revealed that over 43 thousand under-age girls between 10-15 years old are being forced into marriage in Iran.

Zahra explained that the increase in child marriages is getting out of control in Iran as 43 thousdan child marriages have been made, and more than 2000 ended in divorce.

Currently 43 thousand of those children that get married are aged 10 to 15 and 2 thousand of them are separated or divorced from their spouses. 

In most of these marriages, the family of a girl trades their daughter in exchange for a house. As the news come through, a 10-year-old girl has married to a 60-year-old man in Sistan and Baluchestan Province. In this marriage, the girl does not expect to be loved but she has only made a deal with the man to receive money.

Zahra Rahimi added:"in marginalized families, as the children start a married life, they intend to have children in order to prepare them for work."

The law allows marriage for a young girl provided that the court approves. As it seems, there are 43 thousand child marriages of those who are 10 to 15 years old and they are registered without any compliance with the law and existing regulations (without court's approval)."

The main cause of child marriage is poverty and unemployment in Iran. As some officials stated, the rate of unemployment in some disadvantaged cities and provinces reaches by 30 to 40 percent.