Iran adopts new law on family protection
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 6 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iranian parliament has adopted new law on family protection, ILNA reported.
The new law forbids children under age of 15 in the courtroom during the family related trials. The law envisages exceptions, which have to be approved by the court.
Another part of the law urges to respect the rights of children and teenagers.
In 1967, Iran adopted a set of progressive family laws, the Family Protection Act, which granted women more rights in the family; those rights were expanded in the Family Protection Law of 1975.
Though the act was annulled in 1979 after the Islamic Revolution when Sharia law was re-introduced, the Family Protection Acts still stand out today for having been ahead of their time, particularly in a Muslim-majority country.
Today, parts of the acts have been reintroduced in Iran, while others are under consideration. For instance the 1967 bill set up Special Courts for family matter.
They were dissolved after the revolution, but Special Civil Courts were re-established in 1979 to adjudicate over matter relating to family law.
Earlier, Iran's Parliament passed Article 22 of the controversial family protection act requiring the registration of temporary marriages. The article has been amended however to make registration of temporary marriages only obligatory in certain cases such as those invovling a pregnancy.