Women’s Rights and Practices Under the Islamic Republic of Iran:


by bahmani

My article on Farhadi's win being a bittersweet moment, is generating a good debate.

To clearly set the tone and present the facts on my position and why I didn't quite enjoy it as much as some, here are some well known verifiable facts.

If you know of more, add them, if you notice an error, let me know and I will adjust. Please back up any corrections and additions with the appropriate proof/references. QBT

1. The value of a woman’s life is one half of the life of a man.
2. The testimony of two women is equal to the testimony of one man.
3. Daughters get half the inheritance that the sons get.
4. A woman does not have the right to divorce her husband.*
5. A man can divorce his wife any time he wishes and without her knowledge.
6. Men are allowed to marry 4 wives and as many “temporary” (or surrogate) wives as they wish.
7. Women cannot travel, work, go to school, or even leave the house without the husband’s permission.
8. A woman must live where her husband chooses.
9. Mothers do not get the custody of their children when their husbands divorce them.
10. Husbands can take the baby away from the mother and have another woman feed and raise the infant.
11. A widow does not get the custody of her children after the death of her husband. The children will be given to the paternal grand parents or relatives and the mother has no right of visitation.
12. If the husband has no family, the Mullah of the community takes the custody of the woman’s children and all the family money and belongings.
13. In the case of a husband’s death the wife will be left without her children, home and belongings.
14. The age of criminal responsibility, under article 1210(1) of Iran’s Civil code is set at 15 for boys and 9 for girls.
15. The law sanctions marriage of girls before 13 years of age and boys at 15.
16. In his book, Ayatollah Khomeini requires that young girls should be at the husband’s home before they reach puberty.
17. In the case of inheritance for an older wife, a mother whose children are grown, she receives only 1/8th of the value of the home. But none of the value of the land that the home is sitting on.

* Per Dr. Ala (See Below) Women have the right to divorce cheating/adulterer husbands.


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Reply to Raoul: Not suggesting these laws are Sharia

by bahmani on

To be fair and reasonable, in some cases Sharia law is pretty fair and reasonable.

These are the current laws and practices in Iran and do not necessarily imply Sharia laws. Although Sharia law and Islam in general are quite tilted against women's rights.

The argument I am always given is that women have this "magical power" over men, that men cannot resist, so it is the duty of the woman to control her natural magical powers by covering up.

This implies I am an animal and cannot control myself when in the presence of a woman.

I am not an animal.

But I am the walrus.

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Mohammad Ala

Decency, honesty, and equality for all should be our laws.

by Mohammad Ala on

Many of the items listed do not take into account the new laws.  Women can divorce husbands and many have done so to get rid of deadbeats or drug addicts, for example.  In several court cases posted in Kayhan newspaper, women divorced their cheating husbands.

When one goes to courts or judicial offices, there are more women than men.  Universities graduate more women than men.  Let us hope women will participate in changing the laws more equal to everybody.

In Iran, some families give equal inheritance to their children rather than what the law says.  Men are at fault too.  Men and women must unite to have a better and fairer legal system in Iran for all the people. 

Mr. Sy, a foreign football player who was featured on IC saying he was discriminated because he was black, he agreed to a sigheh with a high amount.  In a court case, he indicated that he did not know what he agreed to and therefore he should not pay the high amount. 

Laws have been used or abused to benefit various groups of people.  Common decency, honesty, and equality should be our laws regardless of who said what.




by Raoul1955 on

Are these 'rights' truly islamic and do they fall under the sharia?   As you may know our President does support the application of sharia in the US.