Sunday, January 15, 2006

Secret "Mutaa" Marriages on Rise in Iraq

According to Shiite religious law, unmarried women may enter into pleasure marriages with men (married or not) for periods as brief as a few minutes or as long as a lifetime....

Critics of the practice also blame Iraq's dire economic straits and the lack of opportunities for unmarried women.... Women's rights activists call mutaa an exploitative arrangement. Aida Nasser Hussein Mosawi, who runs a Najaf-based women's rights center, said many women entered into the marriages not for pleasure but for financial reasons. She said many mutaa brides had no other means of support....

Azhar Tureihi, a Najaf-based gynecologist..., said pleasure marriages carried serious societal consequences, regardless of how readily religious authorities accepted the practice.

She said she knew of a woman who became pregnant during a temporary marriage and was the victim of an "honor killing" by her brother. "This kind of killing is called 'shame washing' — the brother went to the police and confessed," the physician said. "The sentence for this type of killing is normally only 10 months."

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There you go. All your financial problems solved. Maybe, you can even fix the first line of your headlines from overlapping with the second line. Does not look professional.

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