Women right’s in Iran may be in a sordid state, but that does not imply that they Iranian women cannot take good care of themselves. A cleric in the northern province of Semnan claims he received the beating of his lifetime last month after advising two women passing by a mosque to cover up.
While talking to Mehr news agency, Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, a top religious figure in the city of Shahrmirzad, said that he thought women’s attire defined social codes and Islamic values. However, his advice was not appreciated by one of the woman.
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"You, cover your eyes," the woman reportedly responded. He told her again to cover up, at which point she decided she’d had enough. "Not only didn't she cover herself up, but she also insulted me," the cleric said.
"I asked her not to insult me anymore, but she started shouting and threatening me. She pushed me and I fell to the ground on my back. From that point on, I don't know what happened. I was just feeling the kicks of the woman who was beating me up and insulting me."
It is important to mention here that since the Iranian revolution of 1979 a strict dress code for women has been enforced. Iran’s female residents are required to wear head-scarves in public as well.
Even after getting the beating of his life and spending three days in hospital has not deterred Ali Beheshti from fulfilling his religious duties.