Thursday 19 May 2011

Judge returns severely abused child to abusive parents

Iran Human Rights: A judge in Tehran recently ruled yesterday that four year old Nima who was recently severely abused by his parents will be returned to his father after spending only ten days in Mofid Children’s hospital, according to the state run Iranian news agency ISNA. Nima is the second victim of child abuse in the past month.

"Nima suffered injuries from severe beatings from his parents who burned various parts of his body, including his genitals, and caused deep bruising around his eyes. He was transfered to the hospital on May 8th. Upon arrival at the hospital, Nima told the staff that his father had burned his body," said the report.

Mostafa Eghlima, the President of the Academic Association of Social Workers in Iran told ISNA, “According to the law, a father may refer to the Judiciary any time he wishes to collect his child.” He added, “Even though the legal proceedings have allowed for Nima to return to his father, we must [know] how the presiding Judge came to the decision that the father is qualified to care for Nima.”

According to paragraph 220 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, if the father or father’s father kills his child or grandchild, he will not be punished for murder. Physical punishment by a parent is permitted in Iranian law.

Full translation of ISNA report on Persian2English

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