Friday, March 14, 2014

New Iraq Law Would Let 8 Year Old Girls Get Married

Remind me again what we fought for? 

"A new law being considered in Iraq could lead to girls as young as eight getting married and wives having to submit to sex at their husband's every request."

"Under current law, the legal age for marriage in Iraq is 18, or 15 with a guardian's approval."

"However, with the proposed measure, known as the Jaafari Personal Status Law, there is no stipulated minimum age for marriage but there are rules regarding divorce for girls as young as eight."

"The age of the girls is measured according to the lunar Islamic calender, which is 10 to 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calender each year. If this difference is taken into account, the law talks about men divorcing children as young as eight years and eight months."