World US blasts Iraq over draft law allowing child marriage – Kudistan24

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert strongly criticized the Iraqi parliament’s approval, in principle, of a draft law that would allow the marriage of girls as young as nine-years old and restore the authority of religious courts in matters of personal status.

“We are completely against and oppose the idea of children marrying adults,” Nauert said on Thursday, replying to a question from Kurdistan 24 at a Department press briefing.

Nauert likened the pending Iraqi legislation to the practices of the Islamic State (IS.)]

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