Thursday, 16 November 2017

  • November 16, 2017
  • Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra)
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Iraq first introduced its Personal Status Law in 1959, when under the Government of Abdul Karim Qassim (1958-1963), it was made law, that a woman was allowed to marry at the age of 18 years. 

Throughout the rule of Saddam Hussain (1979-2003), the legal age of marriage remained at age 18, despite his other policies, which have been descried as "oppressive" to women. 

Under the rule of the Islamic State (2014-2017), in Iraq reports have emerged of girls as young as 9, being forced to marry Islamic State fighters of various nationalities.

Under the rule of Democracy in Iraq (2003-present) the Parliament is wanting to revise the law, to lower the age of marriage from 18 down to 9. 

If Iraq makes these changes in its law, this will mean that Iraqi Democracy will share the same legal age for marriage, as the terrorist organisation known as the Islamic State.

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