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In a small Iranian town, a cleric asked a girl to cover herself more completely. She refused, and then eventually she and a friend double-teamed the man and clobbered him. The man, Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, says he asked politely, but ended up in the hospital. He ultimately declined to file a complaint, but said he didn't mind the prosecutor's investigation. This incident has many readers talking.
Many readers cheered the girls' reaction, and others wondered what would happen next.
Johnusmc: "You go girls!!"
Superstition: "My thoughts exactly! I'm so happy to finally hear a version of this story that goes the other way. It’s too bad I now have to fear for their safety ..."
There were some theories about the cleric's intentions.
smokin666: "Or the man is just lying to promote whatever idea of morality he wants to. Oh look at these kids today. They don't dress properly and attack their elders. Whether it happened or not, you have to lose some respect for a guy who got beat down by little girls if it's true, or lied about getting beaten by little girls if it's not."
dlws8607: "Johnusmc and your supporters: Let's say the story were just a bit different. Let's say a female was criticizing two boys in public for how they were dressed. Would you support those two boys beating up the female? I bet not. Misandry rules!"
Peg Johnson: "dlws8607, I criticize boys' method of dressing in public ALL the time. Pull your pants up! You walk like you have a pile of doo doo in your drawers! Not one has hit me. I think the cleric is fibbing about the girls hitting him, unless he tried to forcibly cover her up - then he should have gotten hit because he tried to touch her."
In the wake of this story, a bit of cultural discussion seemed to be taking place.
Abdullah719: "Both are in the wrong, but if you look at the Iranian girls' point of view, it makes sense. I'm not saying violence is OK, but after Iranian women have been oppressed, threatened, harassed and detained/fined since the '79 'revolution', you can understand why they will crack under the strain. Iran desperately needs some reforms in their laws; especially regarding women. The Imam also can't go around telling people what to do. If he absolutely must, advice is OK (at his own risk, now he knows). But you don't go around telling other people what to do, simple as that."
Rick1948: "I would agree with you, if the incident happened in a Western country, but it didn't. You cannot apply your standards to countries that have different laws and cultures. That's one of the major problems with the United States trying to spread its 'way of life' to the rest of the world. Your way of life is yours; if you like it, that's good. But, it doesn't apply anywhere except where you live."
Abdullah719: "Rick, I didn't say what I said because of the West, or because of any country. I said it because the laws in Iran are incorrect and inhumane toward women. They can be fined, detained, threatened, etc., all for not wearing the hijab. You don't need any man-made laws to know that's wrong. Even Islam does not allow that. Islam says that women SHOULD cover themselves up (no specific mention of burqa), but most certainly does not say to force them. I live in Egypt, and while there are problems in Egypt regarding women, dress code isn't really a problem. Most women cover their hair and that is seen as a natural thing, but some don't, and that's accepted, too. Modest clothing is encouraged, though; for example, mini-skirts/tank-tops and such would attract a lot of unwanted attention, but Egypt doesn't have laws forcing women to wear hijab."
granny25: "Your comment, as a Muslim, comes as a shock, as most Muslim men want to oppress women; but its nice to know that you feel that way. "
Abdullah719: "Many Muslim men don't support laws such as the ones in Iran and Saudi Arabia. It's only the insecure, uneducated and the extremists that support such terrible laws. Hopefully someday in the future, Muslim countries will stop oppressing their own people."
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