Sacrifice and tolerate, these are the two words Iranian women need to tell themselves each day. And according to the men who rule the country, they have to live and breathe those two words. Otherwise, they have no place in the community. As it stands, the women in Iran are nothing more than man-handled slaves, and it is exactly the way their government and a planning attorney wants it.
Living In The Mind Of The Beast
It is very hard to think that so many countries have evolved in their approach to women’s rights and safety, only to read about places like Iran, a country where the government actively supports violence against women. And they are promoting it in every possible place, from the schools and media to Friday prayers.
The worst part is that domestic violence does not even qualify as a crime. Seeing as men are regarded as the only people who matter, they are at liberty to abuse their wives and children because they “belong” to him. His home is his private property, in addition to everything (and everyone) inside it. What he chooses to do with his “property” is completely within his rights.
According to most of the world, Iranian women just stay silent and accept the abuse. In truth, they are fighting against the regime and paying with their lives. Thousands of woman have stood their ground, only to receive punishment and torture at the hands of their husbands and government. And if they are not killed immediately, they are locked in prison cells to wither away.
Some women find the courage to leave, but the consistent fear they have to deal with, in addition to the mental abuse, makes their situation more hopeless. When husbands and brothers can kill and abuse without facing as much as a dirty look, who can blame them for always being afraid?
In order to give the world some perspective on the situation, here are some of the horrific statistics as compiled for a 2004 study, led by Dr. Ghazi Tabatabaei, a well-respected Irian Sociologist. Unfortunately, not many studies about domestic violence are available. The Iran government doesn’t allow these types of studies, nor do they conduct any of their own.
Dr. Tabatabaei was joined by a team of professionals, and they concluded that:
– In the first year of marriage, 66% of women had undergone some kind of domestic abuse at the hands of their husband or in-laws
– All the married women who participated in the study confessed to experiencing abuse
– The more children in the family, the better the chances of domestic violence occuring
– Only 9.63% of the women in the study want their husbands to die after being a victim of domestic violence