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.

Reuters writes:

“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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3 Responses to “Iran’s Ahmadinejad Wants Girls Married Off at 16”

  1. Murali on November 22nd, 2010 2:42 pm

    Please make sure you write your headlines & content correctly.
    Journalism is not like the Finance market, where there is a SMALL PRINT which is what one needs to see.
    Your headlines should reflect the reality & not your opinion.

    The reality is that the minimum age for marriage is raised from 9 to 16. for girls.

    Your headline gives the imdication such that girls are forced to marry between 16 & 18 which is not the case.

    Please verify your source & read through your links well.

  2. Sue on November 22nd, 2010 3:43 pm


    If you noticed, I reported in my post that the legal age for marriage was recently raised from 9. But that’s not the point, now is it? Ahmadinejad, as president has announced he supports government pressure to convince girls to marry at 16, rather than put marriage off into their early 20s. My title succinctly captures Ahmadinejad’s stance. Further, nowhere in my post, either in the title nor in the body of the piece does it suggest, as you falsely claim “that girls are forced to marry between 16 & 18.”


  3. Soraya on November 28th, 2010 7:57 pm

    The reason is nothing but getting young people, especially girls, at home, having children and NOT the education she needs, NOT letting her have their political activities against this anti-women regime. It is as simple as that. The youth is a danger for this regime. If not, why did it come to his mind NOW, and not years ago? Exactly while he sees the growing protests by the Iranian youth.

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