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Battered husband begs Iran court for help: report

Says he no longer wants to go home to his wife

An Iranian man has filed for divorce and asked a court to protect him from his hefty wife, saying she lays into him every night when he gets home from work, the Etemad newspaper reported on Saturday.

"Every night when I get home my wife, who is tall and strong, hits me," the paper quoted the man, identified only by his first name Behrouz, as telling the family court in Tehran.

"I am a cleaner at a hotel and get home late at night. But my wife thinks I do other things after work."

Behrouz, who is slightly built, said he no longer wanted to go home and pleaded for the court to save him from his wife, Etemad said.

The judge has now summoned the wife to appear before the court before he gives a final ruling in the case.

Rights activists have long campaigned for changes to Iran's family law which is deemed discriminatory against women in matters of divorce and child custody.

Men's refusal to pay maintenance, drug addiction and physical abuse are among the more common reasons for divorce in the Islamic republic.