Poverty, family honor principles, old customs, and rigid religious laws are some factors that could force teenage girls into marriage; hopefully, early marriages of girls are declining across the world, with the largest drop in South Asia, according to UNICEF.

Iran (IMNA) - Forced early marriage and motherhood for girls rejects the i nalienable right to choose whom and when to marry and start a family for girls; marriage is one of the vital decisions that should be made without any thread.

Early marriage is associated with a range of devastating consequences for child brides; Girls who start a family before the age of 18 have a higher risk of maternal mortality, infant death or pregnancy-related complications.

In southern Iran, child marriage is more common especially in rural communities rather than townspeople.

Suicidal ideation, prostitution, illicit relationship and addiction are some of the social fallouts of early marriage which can destroy the future of a child," Amanollah Gharayi Moghadami, a sociologist said on early marriage.

"Child marriage in Iran remains a cultural phenomenon that involves particularities of rural population traditions practiced in a local society; Sistan and Baluchistan, South Khorasan, Khuzestan and Kurdistan are Iranian provinces in which early marriage is being reported more," he continued.

"In child marriage, more often than not, a younger girl is married to an older man. It is a kind of sexual exploitation carried out as a substitute for money to offset debts; this is the worst type of psychological and sexual harassment imposed to girls," he ended.

Elahe Seyfodin

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