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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Iranian Judge Returns Severely Abused 4 Year Old to Abusive Parents

Nima, a four year old boy in Tehran is the second victim of child abuse in the past month.(Persian2English) – Yesterday, and only ten days after he was taken to the Mofid Children’s hospital, he was released and delivered to his abusive father.

Nima suffered injuries from severe beatings from his parents who burned various parts of his body including his penis and caused deep bruising around his eyes. He was transfered to the hospital on May 8th. Upon arrival at the hospital, Nima told the staff that his father had burned his body, however, afterward, due to his fear, he responded that he did “not know” [anything] about his injuries.

Mostafa Eghlima, the President of the Academic Association of Social Workers in Iran told ISNA, “According to the law, a father may refer to the Judiciary any time he wishes to collect his child.” He added, “Even though the legal proceedings have allowed for Nima to return to his father, we must [know] how the presiding Judge came to the decision that the father is qualified to care for Nima.”

Eghlima confirmed, “It is unlikely that the presiding Judge has contacted the Legal Medicine Organization of Iran to inquire about the psychological conditions of Nima’s parents.” Eghlami believes that the psychological states of the parents should have been investigated before returning the child to them. He also stated that he believes Nima’s incident and the one last week remove any doubts regarding the “lack of parental authority.”

Eghlami concluded that welfare workers have not conducted enough investigation into the case or have been effective enough in [influencing] the Judge’s final verdict.Hmmmm.....What kind of sick society allows this?Source.

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