In Iran, a father can marry his adopted daughter.
While the world is focused on the Iranian nuclear deal, which could finally be resolved thanks to the openness displayed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Islamic Republic passed on the quiet a law from another age.
The potent Guardian Council approved last week a text already adopted by the Parliament on September 22nd, allowing a father to marry his adopted daughter of the age of 13.
Entitled “Protection of children and teenagers without a tutor,” the law originally concerns the obligation for a mother to wear the Islamic headscarf in front of his adult adopted son, or vice versa for an adopted daughter before her father.
According to the Islamic constitution based on the Sharia, only a family member (husband, brother, father or son) can see a woman without her veil at home. Thus, the law intends to “protect” the adopted daughter of the gaze of her stepfather.
But the Article 27 of this text provoked the ire of many human rights activists in Iran, who sees it as the legalization of incest.