As Iranian lawmakers now seek to lower the legal age of marriage for girls to nine-years-old, the number of Iranian brides already under 10 years of age is sharply rising.Hey, but who am I to project my chauvinistic western mindset on other cultures, right? I mean, I really probably shouldn’t be applauding the Israeli guy in this video either, should I? (H/T to Jill J for the video).
The Iranian decision to allow nine-year-old girls the legal opportunity to be married to fully grown men was announced by Mohammad Ali Isfenani, chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee.
Isfenani called Iran’s current civil legislation, which sets the minimum legal age of marriage for girls at 13-years-old, “un-Islamic and illegal,” saying, “We must regard nine as being the appropriate age for a girl to have reached puberty and qualified to get married. To do otherwise would be to contradict and challenge Islamic Sharia law.”
Update: Colonel Milquetoast, in the comments - "I'm guessing it is Mohammad Ali Isfenani's plan to build an army of tiny, burka clad Oompa Loompas and style himself as a Persian Willy Wonka."