Sunday, 9 March 2014

Iraqi Law Proposal for Marriage at Nine

Iraqi Cabinet this week voted for legislation, based on Shiite Islamic jurisprudence, allowing clergy to preside over marriages, divorces and inheritances. The legislation describes girls as reaching puberty at nine, making them fit for marriage.  Without engaging with the religious views of men who think small children are acceptable sex partners such views are dangerous for female children.  Even in countries where the age of menarche is dropping people do not believe that nine year olds are of an age when they should have sex and risk being pregnant. Young adolescents die regularly in child birth in countries where they are married too young for their bodies to deal with a pregnancy.
One could be forgiven for thinking that paedophiles of any nationality would support such legislation.

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