Iran's women win boy custody rights

Iranian women have won custody rights over boys up to the age of seven, giving divorced mothers the same rights over sons as they have over their daughters

    Mothers now have similar rights over their sons and daughters

    Under Iran's strict Islamic law, divorced women already had automatic custody of girls until they are seven, but were previously only able to keep boys until they were two. 

    "The Expediency Council granted divorced mothers custody of both girls and boys until the age of seven," Elaheh Kulai, a reformist women deputy, told Reuters on Saturday after it was broadcast on state television. 

    Iran's conservative-controlled legislative body, the Guardian Council, had twice rejected the change on the grounds that it was against Islamic law, despite its approval by the reformist-led parliament last year. 

    'Positive step'

    But parliament's decision was backed by the powerful Expediency Council, the top arbitration body headed by influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. 

    "It is a positive step forward for defending women's rights," said Kulai. The reform is one of several bids by parliament overcome the conservatives' resistance and improve the lot of Iranian women, who cannot become president or a judge and are entitled to half of the inheritance due to a man. 

    Judges also often give fathers the custody of their children, regardless of their qualifications as parents.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    This part of 'The Crusades: An Arab Perspective' explores the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the Crusades.

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.