Persecution of Women

Persecution of Women

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Married woman stoned to death for adultery in Iran

Reuters, February 1, 1994

Tehran, Feb. 1(Reuters) - A married Iranian woman was stoned to death in Tehran's Evin prison for adultery and planning her husband's murder, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Women Stone to Death

Pejvak Radio, (Sweden) - Persian Broadcast,February 2, 1994

Yesterday a woman was stoned to death for adultery and conspiracy to kill her husband. Keyhan newspaper yesterday wrote that her lover would be executed today for the murder of her husband.

Iranian adulteress stoned to death

Reuters, March 3,1994
An Iranian woman convicted of adultery was stoned to death in the holy Moslem city of Qom, a daily newspaper reported.

Special Taxis For Ladies

Jomhouri Islami, February 6, 1994
Since yesterday, the organization for management and supervision over taxis in Tehran, has allocated 300 taxis for the transport of female passengers only... The plan to allocate taxis only for ladies has been put to practice with the coordination of the headquarters for "enjoining the lawful and prohibiting from the unlawful".

A 14-year-old Girl sets herself on fire to defy marrying a 42-year-old man

Agence France Press,February 26, 1994
Tehran - A young-14-year-old girl, pressured by his family to marry a 42-years-old man, set herself ablaze and died, the weekly Zan-e-rooz wrote on Tuesday. Zan-e-rooz wrote the parents of the young girl had forced her marry the 42-year-old ma n. But she committed suicide before getting married.

Interior minister calls for "vaccination of people against moral corruption"

Agence France Press, May 2, 1994
On Monday, Ali-Mohammad Besharati, Iran's Interior Minister declared that "On the threshold of summer and the hot season, the people must be vaccinated against ambivalence and corruption in society." Speaking to a gathering of the security forces, Besharati said "to implement the goals of the government," we must combat "against moral corruption and things that propagate corruption." The expression social "corruption" in official comments is normally attributed to woman who are not of properly covered or wear make up. Besharati's declaration could reflect a severe contrast of women's clothing on the eve of summer and Moharram, the month of mourning for the Shiites which begins on June 11." This time last year, security forces arrested women who wear clothing incompatible with Islamic regulations in public places in Tehran and major cities.

Women's bank to open soon

Agence France Presse,May 17, 1994
Tehran - Abrar reported on Tuesday that "soon" and for the first time after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Bank Saderat will open a branch exclusively for women in northeastern Iran.

Denial of Work

Kayhan, May 30, 1994
My daughter is a specialist in applied physics. She has applied for work to various centers, unfortunately they want to use her as a sales person. Why are these people not used in specialist jobs? (signed) Ozra-M.


Kayhan, May 30, 1994
An insurance company on receiving 3,500 Tomans sells insurance for cars. In the contract it is stated that they will pay up to 8 million rails. In a case that happened for our family, there was a need for 6 million rials, but the company will pay only 4,450,000 rials and has said they would not pay the rest. They say we would not pay the full coverage because the driver was a woman, while in the text of the contract gender has not been specified. (signed) Reza - A


Agence France Presse, June 11, 1994
Tehran - Police warned Iranian women against "untimely" smiles to strangers and behavior that would provoke "satanic desires". In a statement published on Saturday in the Jomhouri - Islami, police pressures "women and young girls to keep themselves covered "before looking out the window". The statement adds "appearing without Islamic covering can arouse the covetous looks of the strangers and the satanic desires." It also warned women about "misplaced smiles" or behavior that could "expose them to corruption".

Ban for women to watch soccer games.

Agence France Presse, July 12, 1994
Tehran - Iranian media wrote on Tuesday that Iran's officials have annulled the decision by the National Iranian soccer federation to allow women to watch soccer games. The annulment came in coordination with the head of Iran's athletic organi zation, Mostapha Hashemi-Taba. In a statement, the federation had said for the first time since the Islamic Resolution in 1979, families are permitted to watch soccer games. Since 1979, women have been banned from appearing publicly in sport's centers in the presence of men.
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