Divorce in Iran and Marriage Gift

Women in Iran do not have the right to divorce unless a mullah decides that a man is not fit to be her husband. The mullahs go by the sharia law which does not favor women. In this documentary as explained below women are asking for divorce. However, the judge discourages them. Have a look and see what these women have got to go through. Contrary to popular belief, a woman seldom receives her marriage gift or mehriyeh and she uses it as a bargaining chip so that by giving it up, her husband would agree to divorce her.

Divorce Iranian Style challenges preconceptions about what life is like for
women in Iran. The most startling thing about the film is simply that it was
made. The filmmakers follow the cases of three women who are attempting to
divorce their husbands. Although Iranian religious law frowns on divorce, a
man is allowed to claim the privilege without needing to show cause, provided
he pays his ex-wife compensation. A woman, however, can only sue for divorce if she can prove that her husband is sterile or mad, or if he agrees to let her out of their marriage contract. In the last case, the compensation becomes the bargaining chip: the man will sometimes give his wife her freedom if he doesn’t have to pay.


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