Friday, November 9, 2012

Iranian Woman Puts Cleric in Hospital for Ordering Her to Cover Herself

Poor cleric. Hunting's no fun when the rabbit's got the gun.

IRAN--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.” (Source)

4 comments:

Deleting said...

Wasn't there a quote in a book that said you can only back a dog in the corner for so long before it starts fighting to get out?

I think there was.

Even more so, the cleric and woman illustrate what happens when you stand up to a bully.

Which is why I hope we'll have a stronger presence overseas after 2016. You stand up to bullies, they don't like the black eye so much.

Mary said...

Domestic violence abusers typically paint themselves as the victims and their victims as the aggressors in order to escape consequences. Abusers even pick on their victims until their victims are hysterical and then rationalize the abuse by saying the victim is psycho or ridiculous and denying any responsibility themselves. The psychological term is crazy-making. Islam enforced by Shariah law sanctions domestic abuse and the violent subjugation of women. If this story is even true, no doubt the poor woman had had enough abuse and snapped. If the story is true, the follow-up would be finding the woman dead in an alley for fitna (the mischief of rebelling against Islam), killed by her male relatives as sanctioned by Islamic law.

Preachergirl said...

I'm guessing that her face was covered...which means she probably can't be identified. Apparently wearing a covering does have a benefit. Yeah for her standing up to a lecherous man.

kenneth calpin said...

Somebody get her a an interview with the UFC lol. Good for her"