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Sixteen Year-Old Pregnant Woman Dies Of Self-Immolation In Iran

A general view of Dishmuk county in Kohgiluye and Boyer-Ahmad province.

A sixteen-year old pregnant woman has died in Iran from self-immolation, the official government news agency, IRNA reported.

The incident happened in Dishmuk region, a mountainous, rural area where traditions in marriage and family relations regulate the life of individuals.

A ministry of health official in the area told IRNA that the young woman had burns on 95 percent of her body and could not be saved. He added that this is the fifth woman to have committed self-immolation in the last nine months in the region.

Earlier this year, Mohammad Noroozi, an education ministry official had also said that every three months a woman commits self-immolation in Dishmuk.

He had blamed “forced early marriages” as the main reason for desperation among young women.

Recently, it was reported that the Iranian parliament prevented legislation to ban marriage of girls younger than thirteen.

Dishmuk is in Kohgiluye and Boyer-Ahmad province, which ranks fourth in Iran in suicides.