State-run Tabnak daily wrote, “Iran will not give in to the pressure imposed by the United Nations to prohibit marriages under the age of 18. There are other matters seen in the convention that are in contrast with Islamic standards.”
The statistics published by Iran’s registry shows that over 41,000 girls under the age of 15 were married last year, which amounts to 5.3% of all marriages. 30% of marriages involved women between the ages of 15 to 19.
The daily emphasized, “In Iran, the legal and sharia age for the end of childhood is 9 years for girls and 15 years for boys, while around the world this age is 18 for both sexes.”
(State-run Tabnak daily – December 4, 2014)