Iran: Girls under 15 forced into marriage
According to statistics released by the Women and Family Affairs Department, in 2013, 0.4 percent of males and 5.4 percent of girls under the age of 15 were married.
This figure has risen to 5.6% for girls in 2014, and has risen again in 2015 to 5.4% and again in 2016 to 5.5%, the state-run ISNA news agency reported on October, 14, 2017.
In the first nine months of this (Iranian) year, the figure shows 0.05 for boys and 5.5% for girls.
According to the State Registry Organization, 2014 had the highest rate of child marriages compared to the last five years.
The number of children aged 10 to 14 who got married in that year reached 40,228 (5.6 percent). In 2015, 5.4 percent (36,938 children) got married in that age group.
Marriage of children under 10
Statistics show that in 2011, 220 children, in 2012, 187 children, in 2013, 201 children, in 2014, 176 children, and in 2015, 179 children under the age of 10 were married. This is while these official statistics only include registered marriages and might increase if the marriage of children without birth certificates or polygamy marriages were also officially registered.