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Iran Gives Divorced Women Property Right

November 19, 1994|Reuters

TEHRAN — A new Iranian law gives some women being divorced by their husbands the right to up to half the property accumulated during their married life, Iran's top judge said Friday.

While the law is limited in scope, and the actual awards are to be decided by a court, the measure could prove a significant advance for women in the face of Islamic family laws that give most rights to men.

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, the chief of the judiciary, said the law was designed to protect women whose husbands wanted to leave them for younger wives.

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