A 13-year-old run-away girl was arrested and turned in to the judiciary authorities after three days.
Maryam explained, “I am tired of this life! My father is an addict and a distributor of drugs. My mother is not in a good condition, either. A while ago, I realized a 40-year-old man coming to our house and gazing at me. I found out that my parents had agreed to wed me to him in exchange for a sum of money. I talked a lot to my mother, but didn’t succeed. So, I fled the house.”
According to the laws of the clerical regime, a father can oblige his daughter to marry without her consent.
(State-run Tabnak website – February 22, 2016)