Harassment Of Women Intensified In Iran
An Agence France Presse story says that 1,347 women have been warned by religious police, and 170 arrested, in the first two days of a campaign to make sure women on the public streets are not wearing their required overcoats too tight, their trousers too short or head scarves too loosely.
Mohammad Taghi Ransar, the "cultural minister," is quoted as saying, "The current situation is shameful for an Islamic government. A man who sees these models on the streets will pay no attention to his wife at home, destroying the foundation of the family."
The religious police have also shut down 20 shops for selling the clothing regarded as inappropriate.
All this is said to be required by Iranian law, but I once had a professor of humanities who warned his classes, "Just remember, everything Nazi Germany did was legal under German law." Laws can enforce corrupt systems. Not all of them are just.
Iran is the country where just last week the country's Supreme Court reversed the murder convictions of six men who killed five people because they decided they were morally "corrupt." Two of them were a young engaged couple walking together holding hands. That, they considered a crime, worthy of execution.
In much of the Middle East, women are forced to wear veils or at least head scarves. Even U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave way to the rule when she recently visited Syria, showing herself unwilling to stand up for Western clothing styles. Right there, in Damascus, she prostrated herself in front of the thug who is the Syrian "president", Bashir Assad, by wearing a head scarve. Some representative of the United States!
Iranian newspapers, perhaps some of them tongue in cheek, inaugurated the campaign in Iran Saturday by picturing women in the "inappropriate" clothing. This in Iran probably is what is considered cheesecake, such as printed every day in the L.A. Times.
Pictures taken in Iraq show many women there completely covered in ugly black clothing from head to toe, actually a regression from the days of Saddam Hussein. Not only have a few of these women been concealing suicide bombs, but they are marking themselves, as the complying Iranian women, as slaves of the men.
The Muslim religion must change, it's as simple as that, to begin to comply with worldwide civilized standards. And men should want the chance, because all that their enforcement of such regressive dress codes proves is that they're scared of sex, or perhaps not up to it.