April 17, 2021
A 17-year-old child bride self-immolated and passed away in Gonbad Kavus, northern Iran after her baby died.
According to the Tuhra human rights website, the girl was identified as Behnaz G.
“Behnaz got married when she was 15 years-old and gave birth to a child last year. The three-month-old baby died in an accident. After that, she became deeply depressed,” an informed source said.
This is not an isolated case. In late March, a 15-year-old girl who was recently married committed suicide in Taybad, northeastern Iran by taking rice tablets, a kind of pesticide.
In another case on March 18, a 20-year-old woman identified as Sahar Fakheri in Boyer-Ahmad County, southwestern Iran, killed herself because she was being forced to marry her cousin. She killed herself with a hunting rifle when she was home alone.
Consequences of child marriages
Child marriages have dire consequences for child brides including child pregnancy, death from childbirth, depression and sometimes suicide in addition to divorce and lack of education.
The UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child has banned child marriages.
Child marriage or marriage without the free and full consent of both spouses is a human rights violation and is not in line with several international agreements including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage, and Registration of Marriage. According to UNICEF, around 39,000 girls under 18 marry every day around the world.