Early marriages grow in Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 27 / Trend T.Jafarov /
The number of early marriages in Iran increased by 45 per cent from 2006 to 2010, ISNA news agency quoted member of the Society for the rights of adolescents Farshid Yezdani as saying on Monday.
He said, according to statistics, if in 2006 marriages among 15-year-old girls accounted for 2.3 percent of total marriages, in 2010 this figure rose to 9.4 percent.
Each year the number of adolescents who get married increases by 40,000, he said.
"In 2006 950,000 teenagers got married, of whom 900,000 are girls, among whom 70,000 are teenagers aged 10-14," Mr Yezdani said.
He noted the number of married adolescents under 15 years was 43,000 in 2010. He also said that the marriage of persons under 15 years is illegal in Iran.
Mr Yezdani said early marriages are mostly found among girls.