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Little women

Mahsa Ahrabifard | Iran

Jashn-e taklif is a big ceremony that holds for 9 year old student girl and 15 year old boys. When he or she reach a certain age and get matured , called " Mokallaf ". A person reaches the puberty ages must obey religious orders and obligations and conform to the rules which god has forbidden in Islamic rules. this is the image of Jashn-e taklif in Golestan province,located in north-east of Iran.Girls and their teachers stand back to an alter called "Mehraab" and face to "Imam Reza (8th imam of Shiite religion) Shrine" for praying Allah.

Child marriage is a serious issue in Iran’s current sociological climate. According to the law, Iranian girls are ready to be wed at the age of 13 and Iranian boys can take a wife at 15 years old, claiming mere teenagers not yet emancipated from their parents have the sexual and social maturity, civil understanding and competence of starting a family or simply entering a legal contract of such magnitude.The official records of National Organization for Civil Registration show that, in recent years, approximately around 40000 children under 18 get married in Iran, annually. The photo collection presented, is a demonstration on the issue of child marriage in Iran. In some cases, a lot of these kids against the norm of their region’s culture and traditions were coerced to marry young. Younger than 18 and sometimes younger than 13.

Child marriage is a serious issue in Iran’s current sociological climate. According to the law, Iranian girls are ready to be wed at the age of 13 and Iranian boys can take a wife at 15 years old, claiming mere teenagers not yet emancipated from their parents have the sexual and social maturity, civil understanding and competence of starting a family or simply entering a legal contract of such magnitude.The official records of National Organization for Civil Registration show that, in recent years, approximately around 40000 children under 18 get married in Iran, annually. The photo collection presented, is a demonstration on the issue of child marriage in Iran. In some cases, a lot of these kids against the norm of their region’s culture and traditions were coerced to marry young. Younger than 18 and sometimes younger than 13.

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