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Opinion: Iranian woman cannot travel back home for fear ex-husband will block return to Canada

According to CBC, an Iranian woman from British Columbia is having a hard time with her ex-husband who will not find compromise on their separation.  Under Canadian law, Fariba Nasser has been divorced from Armin Kariminia since 2015.

The fight for freedom

Because Iran’s Sharia Law dictates that men have the exclusive rights to file for divorce, Nasser cannot travel back to visit her mother and sister in her home country.

Her ex, whom, under Iranian law she is still married to and can control her travels, would prevent her from coming back to Canada.

Nasser wanted to go see her mother and sister, but was warned by her Iranian lawyer that she should not go to Iran because of the possibly frightening consequences of not being able to return.

Nasser immigrated with her husband to Canada in 2004, when she was awarded a scholarship to the University of British Columbia.

She was married to Kariminia a decade before that, but claims that he only became more abusive during their last years of marriage.

The abuse sometimes occurred in front of their children, as Nasser claims, though, Kariminia says he never hit his ex-wife.

A lack of resources

A file for divorce and then later an appeal were both rejected by Iran.

Nasser, nevertheless, endeavoured to seek attention from the Canadian court system.

In May 2018, she finally regained hope. 

A court in British Columbia filed an order to Kariminia, forcing him to complete the Iranian state divorce paperwork.

June was the deadline for the work to be done but Kariminia claims that he could not accomplish filing the papers because of the fact that he had not been able to find a lawyer, nor was he able to collect the substantial financial resources that the process necessitates.

The nightmare in Iran

Women in Iran suffer from a severe lack of oppression.

It would not be the first time we are suspecting some type of inherent ultra-patriarchal supremacy at play.

White-privilege, nor Zionism are at hand in this situation.

This is about the case for women who are not granted the same opportunities that men have.

This injustice can only be explained by the governance of the State by a system that is fundamentally more restrictive on people, their identities, and their gender-roles than modern-day democracies in the Western world, like Canada and London, which are entirely liberal in nature.

The Independent reported on a story emphasizing Vida Movahed, a woman that has become an international icon for freedom after being arrested for waving her white hijab on a stick, as though she was in a position of surrender.

In its entirety, the same article discussed different cases of women being pictured waving their hijabs in a similar fashion to the way Movahed did in order to support the plight for women internationally, as well as demonstrate solidarity with Movahed.

A headscarf improperly worn can result in a fine of up to 500,000 rials, or up to two months in prison.

It really is a nightmare for the women in Iran, but evidently, even if you leave the country, sometimes you can never escape it.

Stories like this and more, at The Post Millennial.

Jonathan Wasserlauf

Jonathan is interested in the intersection between politics, pop culture, the media, and their audiences.

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