Source: Radio Zamaneh
Iranian opposition leader, Zahra Rahnavard
urged Iran's Islamic Parliament to scrap the recent controversial family
protection law from its agenda.
Gathering of Islamic Women Coalition in Tehran on August 21 to protest
family protection law - photo by Maryam Rahmani
Kaleme website reports that Rahnavard has called on the
parliament to leave the evaluation of this bill of law to a "group of expert and
progressive men and women."
Last week, Iranian media reported that the family protection bill of law, after
three years of delay, will be put in the parliament's agenda.
Opponents of this legislation thus organized gatherings and issued articles to
protest against it.
This bill proposes to allow men to commit polygamy without proof of financial
means or the first wife's consent. It also proposes to tax the one-time lump sum
of alimony paid to women upon divorce.
Zahra Rahnavard insists that the Quran's references to polygamy belong to a
different time and historical situation and are being misinterpreted in this
Rahnavard goes on to add that "scrapping this bill from the parliament's agenda
is not a women's issue but rather a national demand aiming at the prosperity of
the Iranian nation and the permanence of Iranian families."
A group of women from different organizations and groups gathered on Thursday
and Saturday to critique the controversial family protection bill and devise a
plan of action to stop it from becoming law.
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