Numbers of early marriages grow in Iran

Posted on February 28, 2012

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early marriageThe number of early marriages in Iran has increased by 45 percent in four years (2006-2010), according to a member of the Society for the rights of adolescents Farshid Yezdani, ISNA news agency reported.

Yezdani said, according to statistics, if in 2006 marriages among 15-year-old girls accounted for 2.3 percent of total marriages, in 2010 this figure rose to 9.4 percent.

Each year the number of adolescents who get married increases by 40,000, he said.

“In 2006, 950,000 teenagers got married, of whom 900,000 are girls, among whom 70,000 are teenagers aged 10-14,” Yezdani noted.

He added that the number of married adolescents under 15 years was 43,000 in 2010. He also said that the marriage of persons under 15 years is illegal in Iran.

Yezdani added that early marriages are mostly found among girls in Iran.

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