After 11 years of stalling, Iran passed a measure on Sunday making it a crime to emotionally or physically abuse or abandon a child, expanding significantly the legal protections offered to children and juveniles. The new law materialized largely in response to nationwide outrage over the killing of a teenage girl last month. Romina Ashrafi, 14, was beheaded by her father with a farming sickle because she had run off with a boyfriend. The so-called honor killing sparked a debate in Iran over the lack of legal protection for women and children, and members of the public questioned why the legislation had remained stagnant in Parliament for 11 years. A law adopted in had provided limited protections for children, but it was largely considered toothless and in practice was not applied to legal guardians.
Iranian Father Jailed For Nine Years For Beheading Teenage Daughter In 'Honor' Killing
After her death, Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar deplored a delay in the validation by the member Guardian Council of a bill on the protection of children and teenagers. The council has previously called three times for changes to the draft law after it was passed by lawmakers, the reformist Ebtekar newspaper wrote on Wednesday. According to Iranian media, Romina Ashrafi was killed in her sleep on May 21 by her father, who decapitated her in the family home in Talesh in northern Gilan province. The reports said she ran away after her father refused her permission to marry a man 15 years older, but was detained and taken home. The legal age to marry in Iran is 13 for women. Short Url.
Iran Criminalizes Child Abuse After Outrage Over Killing of Teenage Girl
Subscriber Account active since. Samar longs to be like other girls. But her life has been turned upside down by politics and a pandemic. For the past two years, she has bounced from country to country alone to avoid deportation back to her homeland of Iran. She searches for rooms in places where she doesn't speak the language.
An Iranian man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for beheading his year-old daughter with an ax in a so-called "honor" killing that prompted widespread outrage in the country. Dashti said she now fears for the lives of the rest of her family. Iranian President Hassan Rohani expressed regret following the girl's killing on May 21 and called for the speedy passage of several antiviolence bills.