After 11 years of stalling, Iran passed a measure on Sunday making it a crime to emotionally or physically abuse or abandon a child, expanding significantly the legal protections offered to children and juveniles. The new law materialized largely in response to nationwide outrage over the killing of a teenage girl last month. Romina Ashrafi, 14, was beheaded by her father with a farming sickle because she had run off with a boyfriend. The so-called honor killing sparked a debate in Iran over the lack of legal protection for women and children, and members of the public questioned why the legislation had remained stagnant in Parliament for 11 years. A law adopted in had provided limited protections for children, but it was largely considered toothless and in practice was not applied to legal guardians.
Outrage in Iran over gruesome 'honour killing' of teenage girl
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Police let teenager who ran away be taken back home by father despite her fears he would be violent. Hassan Rouhani urged his cabinet to act after Romina Ashrafi was allegedly killed by her father for running away with her boyfriend, year-old Bahamn Khavari, in Talesh, km miles north-west of Tehran. Reza Ashrafi, who is now in custody, is accused of using a farming sickle to behead her as she slept. Shahnaz Sajjadi, an aide to the president on human rights affairs, on Wednesday told the khabaronline. Crimes that happen against women in society are less than those that happen in the homes. Romina was found five days after leaving home and taken to a police station.
Top Iran body denies negligence in teenage girl’s honor killing
After her death, Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar deplored a delay in the validation by the member Guardian Council of a bill on the protection of children and teenagers. The council has previously called three times for changes to the draft law after it was passed by lawmakers, the reformist Ebtekar newspaper wrote on Wednesday. According to Iranian media, Romina Ashrafi was killed in her sleep on May 21 by her father, who decapitated her in the family home in Talesh in northern Gilan province.
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