Iran’s Ahmadinejad Wants Girls Married Off at 16
November 22, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—-Iran’s bellicose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, doesn’t like the idea of young women delaying marriage to attend school and establish a career. He wants 16-year old girls married and promptly hidden away from society swathed in burkas. Teens anxious to leave home, may at first welcome the idea, but then the stark reality of what marriage means for a woman in a theocratic regime would quickly kick in. An Iranian woman charged with adultery currently faces a death sentence by stoning.
Ahmadinejad made his remarks Sunday to the Mardomsalari newspaper.
“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the best age for girls to get married was between 16 and 18, Iranian newspapers reported on Sunday.”
“Analysts say such announcements could be part of the government’s efforts to gain support among young voters.” [...]
“The best age for marriage is between 16 to 18 for girls and 19 to 21 for boys,” the Mardomsalari newspaper quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.”
Well, 16 is certainly better than nine. Until 2004, the legal age for a girl to become married in Iran was just nine-years old.
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