While an increasing number of rape and sexual assault victims are speaking out in Iran, the legal code often prevents justice and puts some victims at risk of punishment. The #MeToo movement has finally emerged among Iranians, sending shockwaves across Persian language social media. Over the past week many women and men have come forward to talk about their experiences of rape and sexual assault by dozens of high-profile figures in the country. Although the official media remain indifferent to the stories, they have stirred public uproar to the point that the police in Tehran arrested a well-known bookshop owner accused of rape by several women. No one can doubt the bravery and courage of individuals who break the taboos and talk about their personal experiences of sexual harassment in a country where patriarchal values are reproduced and reinforced by the state.
Iran: legal system an obstacle to MeToo justiceWritten by David Fletcher 03 Sep 2020
- Pray: for changes in Iran’s legal infrastructure so that all challenges to justice are removed. (Psalm 45:4)
- More: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/iran-metoo-movement-accusations-rape-legal-reform-justice.html