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Iranian Legislators OK Contentious Women's Rights Bill

10 May 2004 - Iran's outgoing reformist parliament approved a bill today that would grant women the same inheritance rights as men.

The legislation must still be reviewed by the conservative Guardians Council, where it is likely to meet with stiff opposition.

Under Iran's present inheritance laws, a woman with children inherits just one-eighth of her husband's money and property when he dies.

The rest of the husband's estate goes to his children, grandparents, parents, or siblings. If none of those relatives is alive, the remainder goes to the state.

A man, on the other hand, inherits one-quarter of all his wife's money and assets if they have children.