Unregulated state-backed marriage loans in Iran 'exploiting vulnerable children'

The Iranian state is facilitating child marriages with easily available, unregulated loans that are being used by parents to marry off their children for financial gain, a watchdog has alleged. State-owned Iran banks are offering loans to cover marriage expenses, with little or no oversight on how the money is spent, with some parents marrying off their children and pocketing the funds, the Center for Human Rights in Iran alleges. This has resulted in a massive surge in child marriages in Iran, where it is legal for a girl aged over-13 and a boy over-15 to legally marry with the permission of …

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