Mullahs' Majlis passes bill, legalizing gender discrimination

The mullahs' Majlis passed a bill, yesterday, "prohibiting the publication of any material in the media that would give rise to conflict between the genders on the basis of a defense of women's rights contradictory to religious values."

The adoption of this bill is tantamount to legalizing and institutionalizing anti-human discrimination against women and paving the way for intensifying such discrimination.

On the basis of this bill, the mullahs' misogynous regime will condemn advocates of women's equality to imprisonment and lashing according to article 698 of the law on "Islamic punishments."

The action by the Majlis demonstrates that the propaganda by some domestic and international circles concerning improvement in the situation of women and respect for freedom of expression during Mohammad Khatami's tenure is totally hallow and baseless.

Two weeks ago, during Tehran's Friday prayers congregation, Mohammad Yazdi, the Head of the Judiciary, emphasized that women cannot preside in the court room and are only consulted in judicial matters.

In recent weeks, the clerical regime has staged a major urban maneuver under the pretext of "promoting virtue and prohibiting vice" and arrested more than 1,800 young men and women on charges of "mal-veiling and lewd conduct."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 13, 1998

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