‘Catastrophic’ Iraq law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine

Activists warn that proposal to amend legislation would set women’s rights back 50 years, allowing Muslim clerics to decide on marriage contracts

A new law that could legalise marriage for children as young as nine in Iraq would be “catastrophic”, setting back women’s rights by half a century, activists said.

The proposal, an amendment to Iraq’s personal status law, would allow clerics of Muslim sects to govern marriage contracts.

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