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02/22/09

Tehran Municipality facilitates release of female Inmates imprisoned for financial charges

Source: Tehran Municipality and Mehr News Agency
Photos by Rooholla Vahdati, ISNA

On the occasion of the beginning of the fourth decade after victory of the Islamic Revolution and in line with ratification of Tehran Islamic City Council, all female inmates imprisoned for financial charges were released during a ceremony held in Evin prison on 14th of February.

SAMA reported that Tehran Islamic City Council has approved that all female inmates of Tehran who owe money and have been behind the bars for this reason will be released by Tehran Municipality.

According to the plan, financial facilities will be given to the women who are in prison for such charges.




Although women account for half of the country's population, they commit less than 10 percent of the crimes, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf said at the ceremony. According to Qalibaf, a number of 200 inmates, who have committed unpremeditated crimes and convicted of financial debts, were released by allocating a budget of 10 billion rials (about $1.01 million).

 

"70 out of 200 freed prisoners were female", the mayor said. "It's a great achievement," Qalibaf added, explaining that Tehran Municipality "is very proud to say that no women are now imprisoned for financial crimes in Tehran's prisons".




 

Putting stress on women's crucial role in different social, cultural, and economic dimensions of the society, Qalibaf lamented low priority given to women's rights, hearing their claims, and meeting their demands.




 

Social vulnerability of women is among the topics of concern to Tehran Municipality, he said, adding that in the Islamic society "no efforts are spared in decreasing the number of women involved in the crimes."

 

Tehran Municipality paid off debts of female prisoners, in a bid to support foundation of the families and decrease number of delinquent women in the society. 

















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