Middle East

Protests in Iraq against marriage of raped and kidnapped 12-yo girl

18:54, 22 November 2021
Protests in Iraq against marriage of raped and kidnapped 12-yo girl Photo: Dirk Waem/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

The Iraqi court may permit the marriage of a 12-year-old girl who, according to her mothers’ words, was previously kidnapped and raped.


This case has sparked controversy in Iraq as protests have taken place in front of the court’s building.

The hearing will take place next week as human rights activists demand that such a marriage does not take place.

Despite the legal age for marriage in Iraq being 18, courts may lower the age in certain circumstances. Such practices are very common, according to human rights organizations.

"Religious marriages are not permitted outside civil or religious courts but these types of marriages still happen regularly and can be formalised on the payment of a small fine," a recent conducted report stated, according to AFP.

The mother currently lives separately from her former husband and is against the forced marriage.

Her appearances on national TV and on social media has helped raise concern over the issue.

The potential 25-year-old future husband is the same person who had earlier sexually raped her.