Friday, September 21, 2012

Iran: cleric beaten by woman after telling her to cover up

I just can't stop laughing at this one.  Cleric Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti saw the woman as he was on the way to his mosque, and after telling her to "cover up" she replied with scorn and a beating, telling the cleric he should avert his eyes.  Finally, one Muslim woman stands up for her rights as a female and physically fights back.  I applaud her, and so should all of us.  She stands as a beacon of liberty against the backdrop of Islamic doctrinal suppression against women, lets pray she does not meet the same fate as other women who have dared to stand against the patriarchal society that is Islam.


From Bloomberg September 19 by Ladane Nasseri

Iran Cleric Pummeled by ‘Badly Covered’ Woman After Warning

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 colorful 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.”

She must have packed quite the punch to lay Beheshti out for three days.  No lesson was learned, however so mayby there will be more beatings for Beheshti in the future.  We can only pray there are more women like this un-named one out there.

It isn’t the first time that clerics in Iran have been beaten up after delivering warnings, Mehr said.

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