Iran rejects the Bill to Prevent Violence against Women

Iran rejects the Bill to Prevent Violence against Women

Published by on February 25, 2019

The Iranian authorities is still blocking the Provision of Security for Women against violence (PSW) bill, “expressing doubts over whether the heavy punishments stipulated in the bill for violations of women’s rights may actually weaken the family structure, i.e. putting a husband in jail for beating his wife”, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Eje’ii.

They are refusing (PSW) bill pretending that Iran’s general policy is “de-imprisonment”, which begs the question why Iranian prisons are between three and four times capacity, and that the bill advocates imprisonment as a punishment for every “minor violation”, a phrase that should be translated to every act of violence against women. As “Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Eje’ii, first deputy minister and spokesman of the Judiciary” says.

In this regard, the Judiciary’s cultural deputy, Hadi Sadeqi said: “When a woman sends her husband to jail, then that man can never be a husband for her again, and the woman must accept the risk of getting divorced in advance.”

Iranian Judiciary and Government as a whole do not care about violence against women and do not take it seriously, especially when a husband commits that violence.

It also shows that the Regime has no idea about the destructive impact that domestic violence has on a woman or the family as a whole. Indeed, if the mullahs were to look at the root cause of most of the cases of female death-row inmates, suicides, and runaways, as well as the increasing divorce rates, they would find that the majority are linked to domestic violence.

The Regime has been blocking the PSW bill for 13 years, not because they have a policy of de-imprisonment, but because they don’t care about women. That’s why they arrest women protesting the forced hijab and refuse to increase the age of marriage for girls to 15, which would still be terrifyingly young.

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