Iranian clerics are campaigning for a continued crackdown on “badly veiled women” who are being compared to drug traffickers. Ironically, conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being described as something of a libertine for suggesting that the government may try to emphasize a “cultural campaign” over the recent public measures taken against women who have been pulled from cars or off the street due to hair showing beneath their veils.
Guardian Council chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati is rallying clerics all over Iran, stressing “[d]rug traffickers are hanged, terrorists are executed and robbers are punished for their crimes, but when it comes to the law of God, which is above human rights, [some individuals] stay put and speak about cultural programs.” He asked followers “[s]hall we let badly-veiled women be free in the society corrupt our youth?”
Many clerics appear to be responding and calling for an increase in the public crackdown on such “badly veiled women.”
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