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5/22/13 at 12:53 PM 0 Comments

Iranian Courts Permit Girls Nine Years Old to Marry

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Two days ago we featured a story about a Muslim preacher killing his child bride on her wedding night. After doing some research, we learned that child marriages are becoming more popular in Iran.

WND reported that the percentages of child marriages in Iran more than doubled from 2006 to 2010. The rate of child marriages grew from 2.3% to 4.9%. The article headline revealed that the child brides are definitely not rare: 850,000 young Iranian girls, as young as 9, married.

WND also revealed that it is legal in Iran for girls under 10 years old to marry if they obtain permission from a court or guardian.

According to Oxford University's Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, child marriages endangers the girls' health. "The mortality rate of mothers under the age of fifteen is five times higher than those over twenty year olds."

Mohabat News quotes Iranian legislator Mohammad Ali Isfenani as saying, "As some people may not comply with our current Islamic legal system, we must regard 9 as being the appropriate age for a girl to have reached puberty and qualified to get married. To do otherwise would be to contradict and challenge Islamic Sharia law."

Please join us in praying for the children trapped in child marriages.

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