Mullahs ban surgical operations on children in custody of mothers
- NCR's Women's Committee urges international community to condemn mullahs' unbridled misogyny

The senior advisor to the Health Minister in Khatami's cabinet declared in the state-run press that "a letter of consent from women in custody of children or managing single-parent families is legally worthless, even in cases where a child may need an urgent surgical operation."

The mullahs' laws dictate that if a mother in custody of her child takes him or her to a hospital for an urgent operation, she would be turned back, as the mother is not legally recognized to be able to give the parental consent needed for such an operation.

This criminal legislation exists in a country where, according to official figures, women are breadwinners and responsible for 15 percent of all Iranian households, numbering more than 10 million people.

Such anti-human laws and regulations which deprive millions of children from urgently needed medical treatment or operation are clear signs of the intensely misogynous nature of the mullahs' religious dictatorship. Even before this, the mullahs' regime had imposed double oppression on the women in Iran by turning sex segregation in medical facilities into a law.

Such laws have turned life into an inferno for millions of women and children living under the mullahs' rule. They are also against the letter and spirit of Islam and all universally recognized norms and standards. Through such legislation, the mullahs open the way for women to be subjected to the most savage forms of domestic violence and abuse.

Makarem Shirazi, a senior and influential mullah in the regime, has recently declared that it would be blasphemous for Iran to sign the UN document on women, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran urges all personalities and organizations defending human rights and the rights of women and children in particular to condemn the gender apartheid ruling Iran and the savage suppression of women in Iran.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 4, 2000

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