Early Marriage

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2011-2013. The problem of early marriages in Azerbaijan while a bit decreased since 90th still remains serious and according to experts causes increased mother and infant mortality, more divorces and lack of education among girls.

Public organizations call to toughen punishment of parents who force children to early marriages and religious figures registering such marriages. The government admits existing of the problem while the parliament is planning to toughen responsibility for early marriages.

Azerbaijan’s legislation allows marriages only after 17 years. However, those who marry earlier ignore law and register matrimony in mosques (so-called “kyabin” which is registered by a mullah). Such marriage is not a legal one and deprives young woman of her rights – she cannot pretend to anything in case of divorce.