Friday, May 20, 2011

Judge to return severely abused 4-year-old boy to abusive father (Tehran, Iran)

Want to know what a fathers rights future holds? Look to places like Iran. Start with the misleading headline. The "parents" were not abusive, according to the boy. It was his father who abused him. There is no specific mention of a mother at all. And now this poor little boy is to be returned to "his father," who has the legal right to kill him under Islamic law.


Iranian judge returns severely abused 4 year old to abusive parentsPosted on | mei 20, 2011

A judge in Tehran recently ruled yesterday that four year old Nima who was recently severely abused by his parents will be returned to his father after spending only ten days in Mofid Children’s hospital, according to the state run Iranian news agency ISNA. Nima is the second victim of child abuse in the past month.

“Nima suffered injuries from severe beatings from his parents who burned various parts of his body, including his genitals, and caused deep bruising around his eyes. He was transfered to the hospital on May 8th. Upon arrival at the hospital, Nima told the staff that his father had burned his body,” said the report.

Mostafa Eghlima, the President of the Academic Association of Social Workers in Iran told ISNA, “According to the law, a father may refer to the Judiciary any time he wishes to collect his child.” He added, “Even though the legal proceedings have allowed for Nima to return to his father, we must [know] how the presiding Judge came to the decision that the father is qualified to care for Nima.”

According to paragraph 220 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, if the father or father’s father kills his child or grandchild, he will not be punished for murder. Physical punishment by a parent is permitted in Iranian law.