Underage children tie the knot in Iran

Published: August 29, 2015
Wedding photo-shoot of a 14-year-old boy getting married to a 10-year-old girl in Iran PHOTO: AL ARABIYA

Wedding photo-shoot of a 14-year-old boy getting married to a 10-year-old girl in Iran PHOTO: AL ARABIYA

A teenage boy and girl, although under the marriageable age, got married in Iran, with their wedding photo-shoot sparking interest across social media.

Although under the legal marriageable age in Iran, the couple’s families were granted permission by the authorities, after which the 14 and 10-year-olds were married.

14-year-old groom with his 10-year-old girl bride in Iran with their families PHOTO: AL ARABIYA

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the legal age for girls to marry is 13 provided she has her father’s permission. On the other hand, boys can marry from the age of 15.


According to Iranian news website Tabnak, as many as 42,000 children aged between 10 and 14 were married over a period of time in the country.

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The article originally appeared on Al Arabiya

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  • pakistani
    Aug 29, 2015 - 6:17PM

    I do not wish to pass comment on anyone’s culture, which one tries to respect, but there is something deeply disturbing about this.Recommend

  • cautious
    Aug 29, 2015 - 7:49PM

    I don’t blame the kids … but the parents belong in jail. Culture/religion is no excuse for marrying off 10 year old children.Recommend

  • Wrong
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:22AM

    They look like two children even siblings messing about! Can’t possibly expect these two to understand the concept of marriage. Disturbing. Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:35AM

    Congrats to the couple. May they have a happy married life. I wish I would have been married at 14 or 15 years then i would have been saved from so many problems.Recommend

  • Hmm
    Aug 30, 2015 - 2:30AM

    Really Scary. I am in doubt how Iran was once a mighty Kingdom . Probably because they were only experts in sword and horse.Recommend

  • Fawad
    Aug 30, 2015 - 5:19AM

    Underage marriages take place in Pakistan regularly, recently new was about 14 year pregnant girl.becomes pregnant after marrying 24 year old guy, and another 17 year old pregnant. It takes place regularly here, it becomes news for a day. But here this young couple was news because they are pictured as rich family. I even wonder after watching what they wore, are they trying to go for church wedding? Where Iran is heading? But before that, lets see where Pakistan is standing.Recommend

  • cheebz
    Aug 30, 2015 - 7:11AM

    if 12-13yrs old can have sex or know about sex, then its better that they do it with someone legally… funny that the amount of sexuality being shown by media, yet the same media forces us to call under age marriage extremely wrong.. they are happy to have 10yr old models in international cat-walk.. anyway congrats to the individuals.. hopefully their marriage will be lasting.Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Aug 30, 2015 - 8:03AM

    Everything aside, that girl honestly looks like one of those Christmas cakes. Not a good look!Recommend

  • Gradiator
    Aug 30, 2015 - 8:25AM

    @Ahmed Ali khan: Tell us more please!Recommend

  • Babar
    Aug 30, 2015 - 9:25AM

    Dear Fawad, Only Pakistanis were red similar to Indians. We have a Hindu culture- uptan, mehndi, etc. All over the world Muslims girls were white. Recommend

  • Tanveer Nawaz
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:30PM

    Similar stories happen in the West., many teenagers go into relationships and often get married sometimes by their own choice. Nothing is said about about that but the slogans of Liberty are gladly shouted in their favour, though divorces cause to happen as well. If the same happens in some region where Islam is a dominant religion, Islam is blamed for such cultural events. Isn’t that a hypocrisy though the success of having a loving family for lifetime is more compared to west, where kids often live with single parents and often are haunted by psychological disturbances. Recommend

  • Tom
    Sep 4, 2015 - 1:27PM

    this is a sad,very sad…Recommend

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