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Iran’s theocracy has allowed a practice called “sigheh,” or temporary marriage, which Sunni Muslims have banned but Shiite Muslims have accepted. Unmarried women and men can receive a “license” to have sexual relations for a designated period of time. The practice has been used most frequently near religious seminaries and during pilgrimages to holy cities.
Parisa says she hasn’t bothered to try to get a sigheh to protect her legally in case the police come knocking at the door.
“Nobody cares about such things anymore, not in Tehran anyway,” she says, laughing. “The police don’t care. The mullahs don’t care. And definitely these bache [kids] who pay me for my time don’t care about their religion.”
• Brendan Daly is a pseudonym to protect the reporter from Iranian government reprisals.
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