Iraq Set To Pass New Law That Will Allow Girls As Young As 8 To Be Married

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A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open
the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wives to
submit to s*x on their husband’s whim.
The draft law does not set a minimum age for marriage.
Instead, it mentions an age in a section on divorce, setting rules for divorces
of girls who have reached the age of 9 years in the lunar Islamic calendar. It
also says it’s the age girls reach puberty.

Also under the proposed measure, a husband can have s*x with
his wife regardless of her consent. The bill also prevents women from leaving
the house without their husband’s permission and would restrict women’s rights in
matters of parental custody after divorce and make it easier for men to take
multiple wives.
Already, government statistics show that nearly 25 percent
of marriages in Iraq involved someone under the age of 18 in 2011.
The bill has provoked outrage from rights activists and many
Iraqis who see it as a step backward for women’s rights.
A prominent Iraqi human rights activist Hana Adwar told The Associated Press that, ‘’The law represents a crime against humanity and childhood. Married
underage girls will be subjected to physical and psychological suffering,’’ he
said.

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