Iran this month reminded the world that it remains entirely committed to the medieval Sharia legal system. Over 30 college students participated in a graduation party but were arrested by Iranian police for participating in a mixed gender party. Each of the students was given 99 lashes under the Islamic law.
The outrageous punishment was carried out in Qazvin, about 90 miles northwest of the capital. This was the triumph of Qazvin prosecutor Esmail Sadeghi Niaraki who described the women as “half naked” — a common expression for failing to wear Islamic coverings, scarves and long coats. Niaraki described the shocking scene of kids “dancing and jubilating.” So, of course, Sharia justice demanded that the kids be flogged in the name of Islamic morality.
Niaraki, who is completely clueless about the lunacy of this actions and the Sharia legal system as a whole, simply said “We hope this will be a lesson for those who break Islamic norms in private places.” My only hope (as remote as it might be seen for a revolution) is that Niaraki and his aides will someday be arrested for their reign of religious terror. Until then, thugs like Niaraki will continue to count the whipping of young people as one of his professional accomplishments.