Extent of Child Abuse in Iran

by xenatisch

Iran is a well known country in terms of violation of human rights.

Child abuse is observed on a daily basis in Iran. Unfortunately the state, on the other hand, sponsors these abuses to some extent, mainly due to the Islamic rules. Allowing underaged marriages, executions and not taking proper actions against physical abuses done by the parents (especially the father), are the most commonly observed cases.

There are 4 types of Child Abuse:

  • Neglect: Failing to provide the child with basic needs (i.e. proper clothing, hygiene and so forth)
  • Physical: Causing physical harms or injuries to the child.
  • Emotional: Causing emotional or psychological damages to the child which may lead the child to suffer lifelong psychological difficulties.
  • Sexual: A very complicated form of abuse. It is important to notice that sexual abuse does not merely involve body contact. Exposing a child to sexual situations or material is sexually abusive, whether or not touching is involved.

The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.  United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 13)

It is observed that the  school kids are taught they should lay down their lives for the regime; an Iranian textbook for grade 10, shows how child soldiers are presented as role models for children to revere and imitate. [1]

In December of 2006, Law Enforcement officers in Tabriz, Iran were informed that a 47 day-old girl by the name of Maedeh had been killed by her father. The officers discovered the baby’s body in the family’s back yard. The 33 year-old drug-addicted father confessed that he strangled the baby when she was crying and buried her in the back yard two weeks prior. [2]

The state Welfare Organization announced earlier this month that there have been almost 150,000 cases of child abuse recorded in Iran over the last six months. [3 – Reported on 21/May/2010]

I have received a report regarding a very recent case of child abuse in Iran, which also includes a photograph. The report suggests that the 4 years old Nima was playing with his friend, a neighbour’s child. They were making lots of noise when Nima’s mother asked the neighbour’s child out and started hitting Nima by hand, and other things that she could reach for. After a few minutes, once the so-called mother realised that Nima is unconscious, she called her husband, and they took Nima to the hospital. The mother was then arrested, but after interviewing both mother and father, the police reported that they claim various things. The mother claims that she is to be blamed, and the father claims that he has done it. The parents have been released on bail awaiting their hearing.

The reporter requested their name to remain confidential for security reasons.

This is a photograph of little Nima:

Pouria Hadjibagheri

Political, Civil Rights and LGBT Activist

Trained in Child safeguarding by the British Red Cross




[1] Institute for monitoring peace and cultural tolerance in school education – report: State Sponsored Child Abuse in Iran – p. 2

[2] Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation – report: The problem of child abuse in Iran:  [http://www.ikwro.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=1%3Ageneral&id=242%3Athe-problem-of-child-abuse-in-iran&Itemid=2]

[3] Payvand Iran News: Iranian Government ‘Failing To Address’ Child Abuse Problem [ http://www.payvand.com/news/10/may/1224.html %5D


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Amnesty International Report on Iran – 2007