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Friday, March 14, 2014

Iraq bill to legalize child marriage criticized

A banner promotes the Jaafari Personal Status Law on Thursday in Baghdad, Iraq. The Arabic on the banner reads, "The Jaafari Personal Status Law is for you and all of us." The contentious civil status draft law that allows child marriage and restricts women's rights has stirred up a row among many Iraqis who see it as a setback for children and women, threatening to further divide a society that is already in fragments.