The mullahs’ parliament in Iran is stonewalling a bill seeking to raise the minimum age of women’s marriage.
Parvaneh Salahshouri said the Majlis (mullahs’ parliament) had not paid any attention to the demands of the women’s faction for one year and added, “It would be a great step, if we could place the bill on the agenda and at least, raise the age of girls’ marriage with their father’s permission from 9 to 15 years.
The agreement with (the French Oil Company) Total is quickly taken to the floor but the issues of children have to wait for a long time.”
“According to the laws of Iran, women are deprived of the right to divorce; they need their husband or father’s approval to travel. The custody of children over seven years of age is granted to the father. Altogether, these rules which give open hand to men and fathers to decide about every aspect of their children’s lives end up in phenomena such as child marriages.” (The state-run ILNA news agency – October 2, 2017)