Iranian Cabinet Passes Bill to Fight Violence Against Women

Iran’s cabinet of ministers approved a long-awaited bill that aims to protect women against any form of violence and to preserve their dignity and rights as members of society.

Iranian government’s cabinet of ministers, chaired by President Hassan Rouhani, approved a long-awaited bill that aims to protect women against any form of violence, as well as to preserve their dignity and rights.

In the cabinet session on Sunday evening, the passed bill, called Protection, Dignity and Security of Women Against Violence, would criminalize any violent action or “behavior inflicted on women due to sexuality, vulnerable position or type of relationship, and inflicts harm to their body, psyche, personality and dignity, or restricts or deprives them of legal rights and freedoms.”

Aside from protecting the country’s women against violence and blackmailing, the bill – which has been under review since September 2019 – also seeks to bring legal punishment to those men who abandon their spouses without any rationale.

The proposed law would also compel Iran’s judiciary to set up and sponsor offices that would offer support for violence victims and launch educational courses from judges and other staff of the juridical branch.

Law enforcement agencies would also be urged to establish special police units for women to safeguard women’s welfare and create special stations with female personnel that would be assigned to detect cases of violence against women.

Once approved and reviewed by the parliament, it would be forwarded to the country’s constitutional vetting body called the Guardian Council which consists of many religious experts and jurists.

In a tweet, Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar said on Sunday evening that the bill is dedicated to the “worthy and patient Iranian women.”

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