Iran plans tougher penalties for violence against women

According to the information, the basic principles agreed on Sunday include longer prison sentences for murdering women.

Iran plans tougher penalties for violence against women

According to the information, the basic principles agreed on Sunday include longer prison sentences for murdering women. Men convicted of murdering their wives would then face up to 15 years in prison instead of the previous ten years - provided the victim's family objects to a death sentence. Disseminating pornographic images without the woman's consent or marrying against the woman's will would be considered crimes.

In addition, the judiciary should be able to issue exit permits to married women - even if their husbands want to prevent them from traveling abroad.

The bill comes around seven months after the start of the protest movement triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini. The young woman was arrested by the moral police in September because she is said to have worn her headscarf improperly.

Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on important political issues, called for a stricter law to protect women in January. "In our society, women are oppressed in some families," he said. "If the law doesn't protect a woman, a man can abuse her." The solution is that the laws are so strong "that no man can oppress women".

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