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#Iran: New Bill to Protect Children Allows Men to Marry Adopted 13-Year-Old Daughters


"If only I was a Muslim."

“If only I was a Muslim.”

Sometimes it seems like there isn’t much morality in Islamic morality. But we have to respect different cultures and different points of view. Even when they’re marrying their adopted 13-year-old daughters.

Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years.

Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer with the London-based group Justice for Iran, told the Guardian she feared the council would feel safe to put its stamp of approval on the bill while Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, draws the attention of the press during his UN visit to New York.

“This bill is legalising paedophilia,” she warned. “It’s not part of the Iranian culture to marry your adopted child. Obviously incest exists in Iran more or less as it happens in other countries across the world, but this bill is legalising paedophilia and is endangering our children and normalising this crime in our culture.”

She added: “You should not be able to marry your adopted children, full stop. If a father marries his adopted daughter who is a minor and has sex, that’s rape.”

That’s okay. The media will just explain that ones marrying their 13-year-old daughters are the moderates. The extremists marry 10-year-olds.

As many as 42,000 children aged between 10 and 14 were married in 2010, according to the Iranian news website Tabnak. At least 75 children under the age of 10 were wed in Tehran alone.

But… wait this all has a perfectly sensible reason.

According to Sadr, officials in Iran have tried to play down the sexual part of such marriages, saying it is in the bill to solve the issue of hijab [head scarf] complications when a child is adopted.

An adopted daughter is expected to wear the hijab in front of her father, and a mother should wear it in front of her adopted son if he is old enough, Sadr said.

It would be immoral for her not to wear a hijab in front of her adopted father. Let’s marry her off to him instead.

Iran ran into this problem when it tried to use temporary marriage to deal with the problem of co-ed classes in universities because that would allow men and women to work together in close quarters while technically being married.

A similar problem in Saudi Arabia led to the infamous breastfeeding Fatwa.

Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University’s Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic legal decree, saying that female workers should “breastfeed” their male co-workers in order to work in each other’s company.

“A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed.”

Islamic morality. It’s morality as designed by crazy perverts.

Iranian pair face death penalty after third alcohol offence

Iranian Kurdish men smuggle alcohol from Iraq to Iran, where liquor is banned

Iranian Kurdish men smuggle alcohol from Iraq to Iran, where liquor is banned. Photograph: Julie Jacobson/AP

Two Iranians have been sentenced to death for persistent consumption of alcohol under the country’s Islamic Sharia law, which forbids the use, manufacturing and trading of all types of alcoholic drinks.

The two, who have not been named by the authorities, have each previously been lashed 160 times after twice being arrested for consuming alcohol. Being convicted for the third time makes them liable for the death penalty.

The head of the judiciary Seyed Hasan Shariati, based in Iran‘s north-eastern province of Khorasan Razavi, told the semi-official Isna news agency that the supreme court had upheld their death sentences and that officials were preparing for their execution.

“Two people who committed the offence of consuming alcohol for the third time have been sentenced to be executed. The verdict has been confirmed by the supreme court and we are preparing to administer it,” he said.

Under Iranian Sharia law, certain crimes such as sodomy, rape, theft, fornication, apostasy and consumption of alcohol for the third time are considered to be “claims of God” and therefore have mandatory death sentences.

Sentences for such crimes, which are called Hodud in the Islamic terminology, are not at the discretion of the judge but are defined by Sharia law.

For some of these crimes, including theft and lesbianism, the death penalty is only handed down if the convict is a re-offender who has already been punished three times for the same crime in the past. In the case of alcohol, the death penalty comes on the third offence.

According to Shadi Sadr, an Iranian lawyer based in London, a decision on whether such a punishment can be issued depends on the judge’s knowledge – a loophole which allows for subjective judicial rulings where no conclusive evidence is presented.

“Prostitutes are often victims of such punishment and can be given a death sentence,” Sadr said. “Because having illicit sexual relationships is their job and they often get caught by the police it’s very likely that they will have committed the crime three times in the past.”

In crimes related to alcohol consumption, Shariati warned: “We will show no mercy in finding, trying and punishing those breaking the law and we will punish them to the highest extent.”

Despite the ban, many people in Iran drink alcohol, usually a homemade liquor called araq, which contains 45% pure ethanol. It is usually mixed before consumption and can be dangerous because of the ethanol used in its distillation.

Hosts who throw parties call an alcohol vendor who delivers it to the door. Western alcohol is smuggled to Iran and can be found in underground markets but can be costly. People who belong to non-Muslim minorities such as Christians and Armenians, which are recognised by the authorities, are allowed to produce and consume alcohol in the country.

In a rare acknowledgement of Iran’s hidden alcohol consumption, which has become – as Golnaz Esfandiari of Persian Letters puts it in her blog – a “means of escape” for the youngfrom state restrictions, a senior official in the country’s health ministry warned recently against reports of an increase in its use.by Saeed Kamali Dehghan