Egypt's Yassir Barhami says 9-year-old girls should be permitted to marry. (Photo via BikyaMasr)
An ultraconservative Egyptian cleric– who is part of the committee
drafting Egypt’s new constitution– is suggesting the country drastically
lower the age limit at which girls can marry, Egyptian media is reporting.
According to BikyaMasr, cleric Yassir Barhami cited the Koran in
stating that once a girl begins menstruating, usually around
14-years-old, she should begin having children.
Therefore, he reportedly explained, “it is permissible for the girl at the age of 9 or 10 to marry.”
A group of high profile liberal and leftwing politicians in Egypt has said it will quit the assembly charged with drafting the country’s new constitution within a week unless its concerns over Islamist-influenced content in the document are addressed.
The constitution – which is being drawn up by a 100-member assembly – is meant to be the centerpiece of a new democratic Egypt after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year and its successful drafting is being seen as a litmus test for its new Islamist rulers including President Mohamed Mursi. [Emphasis added]
Ahmed al-Boraie, a former labor minister, summarized his complaints,
commenting: “This is a constitution that brings Egypt backwards not