3 years after Canadian divorce, Iranian woman trapped in her marriage




3 years after Canadian divorce, Iranian woman trapped in her marriage
3 years after Canadian divorce, Iranian woman trapped in her marriage

An Iranian woman living in B.C. says she’s trapped in her Islamic marriage because her ex-husband refuses to co-operate with their separation — even though they’ve been divorced under Canadian law for years.

Without a divorce recognized in Iran, Fariba Nasser says she can’t travel back home to visit her mother and sister for fear her ex-husband will block her from returning to Canada.

Under Sharia law in Iran, only men have the right to file for divorce and can control their wives’ travel otherwise. Because Nasser is still technically married in Iran, her ex-husband would be within his rights to prevent her from the leaving Iran.

“I’m not a free person,” Nasser said in an interview at the Burnaby apartment she shares with her son and daughter, aged 12 and 14.

“After six years of my marriage being over, still someone has power and control over my life.”