Within the same month as the news told of an eight year old girl in Yemen died from internal injuries sustained from being forced to perform her “marital duties” to her 40 year old husband on her wedding night, a man five times her own age, the lawmakers of Iran cough up a bill that will allow men to marry their adopted daughters from as early as the age of 13.
“Officials in Iran have tried to play down the sexual part of such marriages, saying it is in the bill to solve the issue of hijab [head scarf] complications when a child is adopted.
“An adopted daughter is expected to wear the hijab in front of her father, and a mother should wear it in front of her adopted son if he is old enough.”
This is the same mindset which caused the death of 15 shool girls in Saudi Arabia in 2002 as Saudi police locked them inside their school during a fire, and refused to let fire fighters rescue them, simply because they were not wearing the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam. The religious dress code is considered more important than health and safety, even in matters of life and death.
I can’t see this new bill as anything less than legalized paedophilia, and unfortunately I cannot say that I am much surprised, seeing as it comes from a culture where judges happily sentences women, who are victims of rape, to death by stoning, on account of their having had extramarital sex.
When someone adopts, they take in a child to be raised and cared for as their own, involving the same rights and obligations as if the child was their biological son or daughter. If the matter of whether or not the child, or the other members of the family, should have to cover themselves with religious garments in each other’s presence presents a problem, then work around it by allowing adopted children the same status in their adoptive family as biological children.
That would be simple.
That would make sense.
Giving men with a perverted sexual interest in young girls the opportunity to secure themselves future young brides by adopting, however, is the wrong answer.
Image sources: The images in this post are taken from their respectively linked websites.
- «Iran passes new bill that lets men marry adopted daughters» (South China Morning Post, 27-Sep-13)
- «Iran lawmakers pass bill allowing men to marry adopted daughters» (The Guardian, 26-Sep-13)
- «Yemeni child bride, eight, dies of internal injuries on first night of forced marriage to groom five times her age» (Daily Mail, 9-Sep-13)
- «Saudi police ‘stopped’ fire rescue» (BBC, 15-Mar-02)