Iran: Feminists ready to protest against bill making polygamy easier

Tehran, 22 July (AKI) – Women’s rights groups in Iran have said that they will stage a round-the clock sit-in at the country’s parliament if lawmakers decide to discuss a bill that will make polygamy easier.

“The new law on the family will take our country back centuries,” said the Iranian feminist Nahid Mirhaj, in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI).

“We will not accept this return to the Middle Ages under any circumstances,” she said.

The bill deals with a variety of issues including the Islamic practice of polygamy. Under current legislation in Iran, a man has to get the consent of his current wives before he marries another.

Under the new law, this consent is no longer required.

“Polygamy is a very serious threat to the stability of the family and drains the content of this institution which is the basis of our society,” said Mirhaj.

“If the discussion and the vote on the new bill is included in the agenda of the Majlis [the Iranian parliament], we will stage a round-the clock sit-in at the parliament building so that our voices will be heard, and to prevent a step back in our society,” she said.

http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/CultureAndMedia/?id=1.0.2357378443

 

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