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12-year-old girl reportedly undergoes ‘religious’ marriage in Iraq

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12-year-old girl reportedly undergoes

An Iraqi court docket on Sunday, November 21, adjourned a listening to to permit a person to formalise his ‘non secular’ marriage to a 12-year-old lady, in keeping with a lawyer for the lady’s mom.

Rights activists (pictured above) protested exterior the Baghdad court docket in Iraq with banners comparable to “the wedding of minors is a criminal offense in opposition to childhood”, with lawyer Marwan Obeidi telling AFP the case had been postponed till November 28.

The mom, who refuses to be recognized, stated her daughter Israa had been “raped” and that the lady’s father kidnapped her.

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However a Division of the Inside ministry in Iraq coping with violence in opposition to girls stated in a press release that it had met with Israa, her father and husband, seen the non secular contract, and stated she had assured them she was not coerced I to marriage.

The authorized age for marriage in Iraq is eighteen however will be lowered to fifteen in instances of parental or judicial consent, in keeping with Charity, ‘Save the Youngsters’

“Non secular marriages usually are not permitted exterior civil or non secular courts however a majority of these marriages nonetheless occur usually and will be formalised on the cost of a small wonderful,” it stated in a latest report.

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