“… It is generally believed that laws should promote social moderation by being one step ahead of cultural norms. But in Iran the law lags behind cultural norms and women’s social position and status … legal discrimination … is being enforced in a society where women comprise over 60% of those being admitted to university.
According to Iranian penal codes, a girl at nine years of age is considered to be an adult. If she commits a crime which is punishable by execution … punitive damages provided to the woman according to law is half that of those provided to the man … the law does not recognize the woman as a witness … These are only a few examples of the inequities …[which] have promoted unhealthy and unbalanced relationships between men and women and as a result have had negative consequences on the lives of men as well …the Iranian government is a signatory to several international human rights conventions, and accordingly is required to bring its legal code in line with international standards …” Complete text here
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