Official Iranian government statistics show that tens of thousands of girls under the age of 15 are married off by their families each year in Iran.
The numbers may actually even be quite higher. Many families in Iran do not register underage marriages, or do so illegally, according to attorney Shima Ghoosheh, who spoke to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
On August 17, 2015, Majid Arjomandi, the head of Emergency Social Services at Iran’s State Welfare Organization, said that uninformed families tend to marry off their daughters before they reach 15. “Unfortunately that’s the reason why in recent years 360 girls under 14 have been married and ten of them were under 10,” he said.
However, Arjomandi’s statistics are dwarfed by other reports. On August 18, 2015, the Shahrvand newspaper published a report that put the number of registered underage marriages at more than 40,000 in 2014 alone.