Nuclear Idea: Iran Moves To Legalize Marriage For Girls Under 10 Years Old


iran-ayatollah-mohammad-taghi-mesbah-ahmadinejadWhen Saudi Arabia announced three months ago that girls as young as 10-years old would now be allowed to marry, Iran decided to drop the age limit even further.

Iranian Christian news service Mohabat News reports a member of the Iranian Parliament (Majiles) Mohammad Ali Isfenani, “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.”

He argues, “Before the revolution girls under 16 were not allowed to marry. Parents determined to get around the law would often tamper with their daughter’s birth certificate. Under the previous constitution, people were legally regarded as adults when they were 18. After the revolution the age at which children were regarded as going through puberty was lowered to 9 for girls and 15 for boys.

Mohabat News reports statistics that show over the past few weeks, over 75 female children under 10 were forced to marry much older men. And in nearly 4000 cases, both the bride and groom were under 14.

The Examiner says according to a news release from the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee, the current civil law, drafted before the revolution in the late 1970’s regarding the legal age of marriage for girls under the age of ten, is considered “un-Islamic and illegal.”

Majiles (Iranian Parliament) is now expected to vote on the proposal to bring civil law more in line with Sharia Law.

The Women’s News Network reports that there are more than 10-million girls under the age of 18 married each year around the world, usually without their consent and to much older men.


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  1. Get real. Please give at least one situation that you personally know of in which a Jewish girl was married off at ten to immediately consummate the marriage with, let’s say, a fifty-year-old man — as is common enough in the Muslim world.

    (And extenuating circumstances don’t count, such as “she lived sixty years ago in Yemen and would have been kidnapped by Muslims and forcibly married to a Muslim man and convert to Islam if she were to remain single past the age of eleven.”)

  2. Tosfos says it is forbidden except in special and extreme circumstances, such as during political upheaval where there are likely possibilities that the father will not have a dowry available to present with his daughter if he waits until she is older.


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