An Iranian cleric said he was beaten by a woman in the northern province of Semnan after giving her a warning for being “badly covered,” the state-run Mehr news agency reported.
Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti said he encountered the woman in the street while on his way to the mosque in the town of Shahmirzad, and asked her to cover herself up, to which she replied “you, cover your eyes,” according to Mehr. The cleric repeated his warning, which he said prompted her to insult and push him.
“I fell on my back on the floor,” Beheshti said in the report. “I don’t know what happened after that, all I could feel was the kicks of this woman who was insulting me and attacking me.”
Since the 1979 revolution that brought Shiite Muslim religious leaders to power, women in Iran have been required to cover their hair and body curves in public with head-scarves and loose-fitting coats, to protect religious values and “preserve society’s morals and security.”
The government condemns short, tight and colourful coats and loosely tied head-scarves, and routinely organizes police patrols to enforce the Islamic dress code. Public surveillance increases in summer when some women opt for flimsier clothing.
Beheshti said he was hospitalized for three days. The Iranian cleric said it was his religious duty to apply the principle of “commanding right and forbidding wrong,” and that he would continue to do so even after living through what he called “the worst day of my life.”
It isn’t the first time that clerics in Iran have been beaten up after delivering warnings, Mehr said
next stop for her .. Evin Prison
(off topic .. nice to see you Greek One
LOL! A perfect example of how Muslims believe they are always the ones being insulted and attacked after they deliver their "warnings".
Yeah man, how dare women stand up for themselves? Shocking behaviour.
poor cleric....send this lady to NWFP in pakistan or anywhere in afghanisthan other than kabul...they r experts in giving pure islamic treatments to women in these regions...guess Iran is coming out of its hangover of 79...good news for great persians...
I hope this vicious attacker had her Burkha (sp?) on - that way perhaps she can't be identified.
I probably would've helped her or least been her lookout , oops!
by JamesPoppell 7 years ago
How should the United States respond if Iran attacks Israel?
by Julianna 7 years ago
Reading this article made my stomach turn. I thought we were in 2011? Lashing a female Iranian star for starring in a film about oppression, drug use and alienation in Iran? Absolutely unbelievable. Sad women in oppressed Countries still do not have any rights. I am so glad to be an American. Thank...
by Scott S Bateman 2 years ago
What goes around comes around. You also can expect a negative impact on tourism into the U.S. from countries that our President has annoyed. The list is getting long.http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/03/sport/ira … index.html
by Dr Billy Kidd 4 years ago
Why are the Republican politicians so afraid of Iran?It's like they've rehearsed the line they use against the Clintons and Cuba: "You can't trust them."Meanwhile, North Korea has nukes and is building missiles that can hit the U.S. But no Republican Congressional rage against that.
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