Polygamy bill provokes controversy in Iran

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September 4, 2008 14:40

 
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A bill that would allow men in Iran to take additional wives without the consent of their first wife has provoked so much controversy that parliament has had to postpone a vote for more debate. Under amendments made by the government to the Family Protection Bill, men are not required to get the consent of their wives for additional marriages. The proposed changes to the bill would also introduce a tax on the money grooms pay to wives upon marriage under Islamic law. Protests from women rights activists and objections from the judiciary to the tax have forced parliament to postpone a vote on the bill. Rights groups say that is a victory for women. Hard-liners say they will fight to include it again in the parliament's agenda for a vote.

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