Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq
(Reuters) – About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in
Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would
permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child
custody to fathers. The group’s protest was on International Women’s Day
and a week after the cabinet voted for the legislation, based on
Shi’ite Islamic jurisprudence, allowing clergy to preside over
marriages, divorces and inheritances. The draft now goes to parliament.