Iran incorporates into its laws the suppposed inferiority of women that is a given in Islam. The Qu'ran 4:34 says in part "Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their property for the support of women. On October 26, 2006, Iranian Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi issued a fatwa - a Muslim religious edict - saying that if wives were disobedient, it is acceptable to hit them. The Ayatollah said that women "are masochistic and sometimes they have a crisis and need light physical punishment to get them back to normal." According to Wikipedia, "The Iranian legislation does nor accord the same rights to women as to men in all areas of the law." According to Iranian law, "the value of woman's life is half that due the man ("for instance, if a car hit both on the street, the cash compensation due to the woman's family was half that due the man's") - Wikipedia. It further says that "The testimony of a male witness is equivalent to that of two female witnesses." A daughter is entitled to only half the inheritance that a son gets. Human Rights Watch's World Report 2017:Iran says, "Iranian women face discrimination in personal status matters related to marriage, divorce, inheritance, and child custody. A woman needs her male guardian's approval for marriage regardless of her age and cannot pass on her nationality to her foreign-born spouse or their children. Married women may not obtain a passport or travel outside the country without the written permission of their husbands." It goes on to say, "The UN Children's Rights Committee reported in March that the age of marriage for girls is 13, that sexual intercourse with girls as young as nine lunar years was not criminalized, and that judges had discretion to release some perpetrators of so-called honor killings without any punishment. Child marriage - though not the norm - continues, as the law allows girls to marry at 13 and boys at age 15, as well as at younger ages if authorized by a judge." The low status of women permeates every aspect of their lives. Zahra Navidpour wanted a job in the Accounting Court of Tehran. Iranian member of Parliament Salman Khodadadi offerred to help her, but instead - according to Navidpour - he raped her. She sought to prosecute him but found the judge unsympathetic. She reported several times that Khodadadi was threatening her, and wrote a letter to the trial judge saying that her life was in danger. On January 6, 2019, Navidpour was found dead in her mother's home. Iranian authorities at once said she had committed suicide. Her body was taken to the corner's office for an autopsy. However, Security forces smuggled the 28 year-old's body out of the office before an autopsy could be performed and secretly buried her. Khodadai had previously been arrested for raping other women but still holds his job. Women are required to wear the hajib (headscarf) and can be jailed, fined or flogged for not doing so. On March 11, 2019, Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to 148 lashes and 38 years in prison for taking off her headscarf, opposing the death penalty, and "insulting the Supreme Leader." Not surprizingly, this discrimination wears on women. According to an IranFocus article entitled "Violence, poverty and abuse led girl, 16, to gallows," August 31, 2004, 66% of Iranian women "are victims of some form of domestic abuse, and over 70 percent of women suffer from varying degrees of depression." This may seem hard to believe, but, on May 9, 2019, a spokesman (Iraj Hariji) for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education said that 27.6% of Iranian women suffer from mental illness (along with 19.4% of men). What is the cause of this depression and mental illness among Iranian Women? It may be because, as UN Human Rights spokesman Maurice Copithorne said in 2004, Iran is "a prison for women."