In 1979 Iran reverted from a legal system to Islamic law. In many ways it became a step backwards in country's development – in some areas more than others. For women especially the transition has been painful. New system ripped them off any rights and firmly established their status as inferior to males.
- Under Islamic law women are not considered equal to males. Children are believed to be “substance of the male”, and thus, in case of divorce, the woman loses all custody of children.
- If a girl is sexually abused in Iran, the offender gets little blame. It is mostly the mother who is held responsible for not protecting her child.
- If a woman is raped in Iran police has the power to force her offender to marry her – with or without her agreement. A divorced woman in Iran is still more marriageable than a non-virgin.
- Technically a concept of marital rape does not exist in Iran – as the woman is her husband’s property such an assault cannot be legally prosecuted.
- Despite the fact that Iranian women are good in football they cannot compete in international competitions – FIFA banned the hijab in 2007.
- Women in Iran have to follow a strict dress code. They have to cover their heads when in public, wearing hijab. The punishment for not following the rule is lashing, although today it is rarely enforced consistently.
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