Child marriages on a rising trend in Iran

A woman member of the regime’s parliament acknowledged that there are 24,000 young widows under 18 years of age in Iran, a consequence of rampant child marriages in the country.

Masoume Aghapour Alishahi, representative of the women’s faction at the regime’s parliament, considers cultural and economic poverty in villages as the main causes of child marriages in Iran, majority of which end up in divorce. She explains: “Unfortunately, due to the absence of high schools in villages, girls are unable to continue their education beyond the primary level; and are consequently forced by their parents to get married.”

According to Alishahi, the economic deterioration of villages is so severe that some families marry off their daughters as young as 9 or 10 years