Iranian women protest over polygamy

Around 250 people, mostly women, protested Wednesday against state-run Iranian TV for airing a series that promoted polygamy, saying it was evidence that the hard-line Islamic state was trampling women's rights.

Wearing brightly coloured clothing as opposed to the traditional head-to-toe black chador, the women gathered at a building in central Tehran to denounce policies by hard-liners that seek to restrict women to roles such as obedient housewives.

"Our gathering today is a voice of protest against the trampling of our rights and promotion by television of polygamy," woman rights activist Parvin Ardalan told The Associated Press.

Women activists launched a protest campaign last month after state television, controlled by hard-liners, aired a series titled "Another Lady," on which a woman introduces her friend to her husband for marriage.