Iraq Marriage Bill Will Allow Girls To Marry At Age 8 — How Is This Okay?

Fri, March 14, 2014 4:12pm EDT by 18 Comments
Iraq Marriage Bill
Getty

A new law being considered in Iraq could allow girls as young as 8-years-old to get married. The same horrific law allows husbands to have sex with their wives ‘with or without’ consent. How can something this sick even be considered?

Iraq is seriously considering Jaafari Personal Status Law, which would let little girls as young as 8-years-old get married and have sex with their husbands. It’s disgusting.

Iraq Wants Little Girls To Marry At Age 8

There are no words for this one.

Iraq is seriously considering passing a new law called Jaafari Personal Status Law which would allow girls as young as 8-years-old to legally marry. The law itself actually reads girls age 9, but because Iraq follows the lunar Islamic calendar their age 9 actually equals the age of 8 years and 8 months. The law also mentions this is the same age that girls reach puberty. Is this their justification for allowing such young girls to be forced into marriage?

Making matters even worse, the same reads that a husband can have sex with his wife with or without her consent. This means that if an 8-year-old gets married, she could raped by her husband and it would not be illegal.

The law is supposedly based on the principles of a Shiite school of religious law founded by Jaafar al-Sadiq himself, the sixth Shiite imam. It still needs to be approved by Parliament, however there is a slim chance that will happen before the April 30 elections.

New Marriage Law Receiving Harsh Criticism

As you can assume, this controversial new proposed law is receiving some very harsh criticism from all over the world. In fact, New York based Human Rights Watch activist Joe Stork has been speaking out about the law, calling it a ‘step back’ for women’s rights.

“Passage of the Jaafari law would be a disastrous and discriminatory step backward for Iraq’s women and girls,” Joe said in a statement. “This personal status law would only entrench Iraq’s divisions while the government claims to support equal rights for all.”

Shiite government employee Qais Raheem is lashing out as well, claiming that this law actually goes against the principles of modern life.

“The government officials have come up with this backward law instead of combating corruption and terrorism,” the father of two teenage girls said. “This law legalizes the rape and we should all reject it.”

Hopefully this law never gets passed and little girls in Iraq can actually be little girls.

Tell us, HollyMoms — What are your thoughts on Iraq’s proposed marriage bill? Let us know your thoughts below.

– Lauren Cox

More Related News:

  1. Abused Toddler, 4, Dies After Being Paralyzed By Vicious Stepfather
  2. Baby Girl Born With 2 Heads Shocks Family — Survival Chance Is Slim
  3. New Jersey Ruling Bans Dads From Delivery Room — Should This Be Allowed?

Leave a Reply

To comment, please fill in the fields below, enter your comment and select the Comment button.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

View Comment

Illuminati IS OBAMA

Posted at 4:39 PM on March 22, 2014  

BUT PEOPLE WHO SAYS THAT THEY ARE FORCED TO HAVE SEX? you are allowed not forced, read the text good before you say anything!

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Durand

Posted at 8:52 AM on March 17, 2014  

How is it possible to maintain the idea of a political victory of Washington in Irak ?

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

MaggieMae

Posted at 1:39 PM on March 16, 2014  

I have an 8 year, 8 month old daughter. She still believes in the Easter Bunny and Santa.
This law makes my cry for all the girls in Iraq. They are being enslaved and we are powerless to save them.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

xl15

Posted at 5:11 AM on March 16, 2014  

That is totaly not aproprait i mean as i read chiite have no rule like that they are not just hurting and destroy the childhood of these kids they are also discrate jaafari personal status law
That is not aproprait

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

redbeard

Posted at 9:37 PM on March 14, 2014  

How can adults even raise this idea? Absolutely disgusting In my opinion, children r children for a reason n do not need to b thrust into adulthood. And not to mention the psychological damage that can take place in that poor childs mind whilst in this situation. I think that government an its laws are absolutely corrupt an are using ther power of authority for selfish reasons. We should b moving forward with women’s rights and rights for our children.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

rubyismail

Posted at 8:25 PM on March 14, 2014  

It used to be legal to marry at 9 in the u.s. in the 1800 and before. no one remembers that tho do they.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Mrs. wright

Posted at 10:50 PM on March 14, 2014  

Are you actually defending this?!?! Women’s rights have come a long way since the 1800’s, and this is a gigantic step backwards! This law would be legalizing the RAPE of children!!! It is disgusting and there is not a way to defend it without looking like an a**hole!

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

mileyzbff

Posted at 5:36 PM on March 14, 2014  

forced in to sex or forced to marry is wrong tho

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

mileyzbff

Posted at 5:35 PM on March 14, 2014  

what is wrong with u hl, butt off seriously, there was a time in uk where people above the age of 12 were allowed to get married, my grand ma got married at 15 and she said that her life was perfect, everyone needs love!! pus people are more innocent when they are young and less pervy too, so trust and care can develop, get a life everyone who thinks there anything wrong with getting married at 8! like if miley can get naked to be famous, and people are ok with that, then why cant people get married at 9 and not get criticized for it

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Ro

Posted at 5:59 PM on March 14, 2014  

There is a big difference between 8 and 15. Miley has nothing to do with this. Even if she did, she is an adult.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Mrs. wright

Posted at 10:56 PM on March 14, 2014  

If they got to choose to marry it might begin to justify any sliver of defense, but these little girls would be being FORCED into marriage and FORCED to have sex! It is not their choice, they will be being sold off to be married to someone they don’t even know! It is not what they want, they have no choice, it is taken from them along with their innocence! There is absolutely NO defending that!

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

newageoftruth

Posted at 5:33 PM on March 14, 2014  

Reblogged this on newageoftruth.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

HateObama

Posted at 4:46 PM on March 14, 2014  

I think this is perfectly fine. I mean you allowed people to marry when they are 80 why not 8? And plus this is better then America were they sleep with 100 people and marries 100 people?

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Stop Bullying! (@grlwithbigheart)

Posted at 5:04 PM on March 14, 2014  

This is disgusting

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Mrs. wright

Posted at 11:00 PM on March 14, 2014  

That is unbelievable, I don’t see how anyone other than a child molester could EVER think this law is ok. You think the rape of little girls is acceptable? You are entitled to your opinion, but I think you need to take a look at yourself and make sure you are stable enough to be out in the general public, without being a danger to yourself or to others.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Helloooo

Posted at 12:09 PM on March 17, 2014  

OMG!! You must be a pedophile, or are you just clueless about life…
How can you even put 8 and 80 in the same category??…Seriously?

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Walt

Posted at 8:43 AM on April 25, 2014  

You are a disgusting person to say that it is fine! Are you AWARE of what you SAYING??? Are you a Pedophilia??? Shame on YOU!!

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Durand

Posted at 8:53 AM on April 25, 2014  

Since freedom and democraty have been offered to the population of Irak by Washington all is fine !

Alain

 
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,627 other followers