At first, it sounds like a charming love story: Playmates who grow up side by side in an Iranian village go on to get married.
But when Leila was wedded to Ali, she was 10 years old. He was 15.
“It was nighttime and I was asleep. My neighbors rang the doorbell and came in and put a ring on my finger,” Leila, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda in an interview. “That’s how I got married.”