Gendered Justice: Inequalities in the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility in Iran

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Abstract

Using the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) in Iran as an illustration, this article explores the continued resistance against girls’ rights in some Islamic countries. The gendered construction of childhood in Iran has resulted in a differential MACR, which for boys is notably higher than that recommended by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, yet for girls is unacceptably low. While breaches of girls’ rights in other areas are defended on the grounds of paternalistic concerns, it is argued that the MACR is a religious-politico decision that, in Iran, upholds the rights of boys but denies the rights of girls, propagating their wider subjugation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalYouth Justice
Early online date16 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jun 2021

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research
  • SPS Children and Families Research Centre

Keywords

  • gender
  • Iran
  • minimum age of criminal responsibility
  • religious pluralism
  • religious puberty
  • UNCRC

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