A Tehran gathering entitled, “violence against women in shanty towns”, discussed the deplorable conditions of women living in slums on April 19, 2017.
A volunteer for the Imam Ali Charity Society, Taravat Mozaffarian, addressed forced marriage of young women in these slums and said, “5 per cent of these women marry men who are 15 to 40 years older, 10 per cent marry men between 10 to 15 years older, and 85 per cent marry men less than ten years older than themselves.”
Ms. Mozaffarian also provided some figures on domestic violence against women.
“47 per cent of these women experience contusions, 53 per cent suffer broken bones, 21 per cent are injured and three per cent are disabled,” she said. (The state-run ISNA news agency, April 19, 2017)