This problem is complicated even further by the Qur'an explicitly allowing sex with prepubescent girls. Qur'an 65:4 gives rules for divorcing prepubescent girls after having sex with them, so Allah clearly has no objections to sex with prepubescent girls.
Not surprisingly, the less Westernized a Muslim country is, the higher the rate of child-marriage. Afghanistan is among the least developed Muslim countries (thanks primarily to the Taliban turning back the clocks on what was once a rapidly developing nation). A recent study showed that approximately 60% of girls are forced to marry as children.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A new report on human rights in Afghanistan released by the U.S. State Department reveals that girls as young as six can be "married" away or betrothed and are the victims of frequent sexual abuse from older men, sometimes within their own families.
Although the Taliban have a reputation for religious conservatism, that conservatism does nothing to protect women and girls from the sexual depredations of men. Women and girls are commonly victimized and those that speak out are likely to be blamed themselves, regardless of age differences.
Afghan law requires that girls be 16 before they can marry and boys 18. Such laws are rarely respected and about 60 percent of all girls are forced to marry before 16. Since most of the marriages in Afghanistan are unregistered and few people even have birth certificates, it is virtually impossible for the government to enforce the law.
Other Afghan laws designed to protect women from abuse also have little enforcement.
In 2013, incidents of rape also increased in Afghanistan. Most of the victims were children. (Continue Reading.)