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One hour Sigheh (pleasure marriage): Widely applied in Iran on underage slave girls?

Prostitution in many Islamic countries are religiously codified by adopting Sigheh contracts in the presence of a mullah

In Iran, many poor families literally sell their underage daughters to rich families and merchants in order to save food for their male children.

The merchants make good use of these kid girls, work them to death, and engage them in prostitution business by inviting a rotten mullah to preside and sign on a sigheh contracts for a hour of sex pleasure.

The girl is carried away to a nearby decrepit house, sex is interchanged, and the little girl returns to her routine daily slave tasks.

These countless slave little girls are keeping “legal prostitution” alive and prospering for many parties in Iran and many Islamic countries

Note 1: If prosecuting these sigheh contracts on underage girl is hard to undertake because the girl is underage, maybe if the merchant is made to swear on the Coran that he will refrain from conducting these practices and sign on a written contract… it is possible to prosecute the merchant for falsely swearing under the Coran?

Note 2: It would be highly advisable that human rights associations in Iran launch a campaign in rural Iran. The target would be to educate the municipalities on how the underage slave girls are being used for.

For example, a buyer of a slave girl must be interviewed by the municipality council and made to swear on the Coran that he will not engage in sigheh schemes and sign a written affidavit that he swore on the Coran.

When the girl is adult, no sigheh contract must be carried out without the presence and approval of the parents…

The girl must eat 3 times from the same cooked food of the merchant, and enjoy break times every hour of work…

The parents must swear on the Coran to pay visits to their girls once a month at least, and the girl must have a day off and accompany the parents wherever they go…

A member of the municipal council is to visit the neighborhood of the slave girl and conduct an investigation on how the girl is faring under her “buyer” and whether the contract is fulfilled…

Note 3: Iran is not Taliban of Afghanistan, and civil laws are slowly but surely replacing chari3a laws in many aspects of the civil life: Iran of the Ayatulla had to go through religious dogma in order to strengthen their rule and power, particularly during the protracted  8-year war with Iraq.

It would be nice to know if hanging homosexuals is still practiced, and if the homosexuals are receiving due legal process…

“It is a truth, universally acknowledged that…”

“It is a truth, universally acknowledged that a Moslem man, regardless of his fortune, must be in want of a 9 year-old virgin wife…”. That’s how Nassrine started the discussion with the opening sentence of Jane Austin book “Pride and Prejudice”, a temptation that a reader is most likely to feel and rearrange…

Azar Nafisi held Thursday’s sessions for 7 of her former students, discussing selected English fiction novels and keeping diaries.

Manna rejoined: “It is a truth, universally acknowledged that a Moslem man will eventually displace his older wife for a fresh naive 16 year-old virgin…”

What is your “truth, universally acknowledged….?”

Azin, who is in the process of divorcing her third husband, said: “Who is thinking about love these days? The islamic Republic of Iran has taken us back to Jane Austen’s blessed arranged marriages. Nowadays, girls marry either because of famiy pressures, or to get a green card, or to secure financial stability… And we are talking about educated girls, discussing English literature, and who have gone to college…”

Mahshed replied: “Many women are independent in Iran, and are business women and who have chosen to live alone…”

Manna retorted: “Most women don’r have a choice now. My mother could chose her husband and wearing the veil was optional…”

Nassrine said: “Temporary marriage contracts are all the rage. President Rafsanjani is encouraging these kinds of short-term marriage contracts… Many conservative clerics call these contracts a sanctified form of prostitution… A few progressive men are for these contracts, and I tell them that they should demand that this law gives women the same rights as men… Talk about hypocrisy!”

At the start of the 20th century, the age of marriage was changed to 13 and increased to 18. In the 1960’s, there was little difference between the rights of both genders, and women were at a par with western democratic States standards in human rights.

As Khomeini grabbed power in 1979, and this totalitarian and theocratic regime came in the name of the Past, and individual freedom was banished… the first law was to repeal the Family-Protection law, which guaranteed women’s rights at home and at work.

The legal marriage age for women was lowered again to 9 year-old, sort of 8.5 lunar years… Adultery and prostitution were punished by stoning to death, and women were considered to have half the worth of men

And why this 9 year-old cut-off standard?

Prophet Muhammad had officially married Aicha at the age of 9. Aicha’s father was Abu Bakr, later to become the first Calif of the Moslems.

Muhammad didn’t have intercourse with Aicha until she was 13, but they didn’t beget any children. Aicha was the most beloved of wives and the most educated.

This terribly jealous wife used to throw tantrums when exposed to injustices. As Muhammad announced his desire to marry another wife (9 in total), Aicha shouted: “This God of yours has the habit of satisfying all your desires in verses…

Aicha was in charge of transcribing the verses during Muhammad’s bouts of epilepsy.

And the Moslem clerics want to emulate their prophets, particularly in life-style that pleases their pleasures and comfort…

Sanaz was to meet with her long-time preferred Iranian young man, accompanied by her family, across the border in Turkey: The beau was settled in England for the last 6 years and decided to give it a shot and get engaged with Sanaz. The discussion among the girls was on how to discover the compatibility attribute, after so many years of absence, before Sanaz agrees to get engaged.

Nassrine suggested that “The first thing you should do to test your compatibility is dance with him

This suggestion was a reminder of the “Dear Jane Society” idea of forming dance sessions: Teacher Azar had gathered the girl students after class following a lecture on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to dance in the style of Austen’s period (the Napoleonic age). But that is another story.

Note 1: The story is taken from “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi

Note 2: If interested in a biography of Aicha, check




March 2023

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