29,698 of underaged girls registered for marriagePublished by Ali on August 8, 2021
International Liberty Association: Marriages of 23,698 Iranian girls between 10-14 years of age registered in nine months in 2020. A local website, the Campaign of Baluch Activists, announced on July 2, 2021 that a 13-year-old girl, Hadiseh Sepahi lost her life while giving birth in the city of Saravan. Hadiseh Sepahi ILA: had been married at the age of 12 and became pregnant after 3 months. She died on June 25, 2021, in her first teenage year, at Saravan’s Razi Hospital, while giving birth. The 13-year-old girl, Hadiseh Sepahi, was a resident of Golshan near Saravan, in the most deprived Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan. She was one of thousands of Iranian girls who are being targeted for forced and early marriages. Based on the figures released on January 31, 2021 by the National Statics Centre of Iran, 7,323 marriages of girls between 10-14 years of age were registered in spring 2020. Another 9,058 marriages of the same age group were registered in summer 2020. (The state-run Tabnak website, February 5, 2021) The latest data from the National Statistics Center says the marriages of 7,317 girls between 10-14 years old were registered in autumn 2020. (The state-run ISNA news agency, July 23, 2021) That’s a total of 23,698 Iranian girls between 10 to 14 years of age in only 9 months of 2020. This means that 100 marriages of girls under 15 are registered in every 24 hours. (The state-run ISNA news agency – February 5, 2021) The NSC has also registered 364 child births to mothers under 15 years of age in summer 2020. Young girls do not yet know how to manage a family. Moreover, multiple childbirths within short intervals and the lack of proper hygiene endanger girls’ physical health. Young women, aged 15 to 19, are twice as likely to die during childbirth as women over the age of 20. Young women under the age of 16 are twice as likely to have an unwanted pregnancy. According to a social researcher, research on the outcomes of girls’ early marriage in Iran shows “that many social harms related to women are due to early and forced marriage” (The state-run PANA website – July 4, 2021).