Woman Exercises Her Rights – And Some Lefts – Against Iran’s Veiling Law

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A woman in the Iranian city of Shamirzad, angered earlier this month by a cleric who told her she was insufficiently covered, decided that enough was enough with such religious street harassment and took matters into her own hands. Or rather her fists and feet, to be more exact.

Women in Iran are required to be covered up in public in accordance with a law introduced after the 1979 Iranian Revolution, causing most never to leave home without first wrapping themselves up in a body-encompassing black hijab. Women appearing in public deemed improperly covered are warned, and sometimes even beaten, by an assortment of morality guardians that include a morality police, regular police, busybody clerics or general, run-of-the mill religious fanatics.

But this apparently fed-up Iranian female was obviously not in the mood for any more religious street bullying, at least on this particular day. After the admonishment about the state of her dress, she abruptly told the intrusive cleric, Hojetoeslam Ali Beheshti: “You should close your eyes.”

“Not only didn’t she cover herself up, but she started shouting and threatening me,” said Beheshti after the brush off.

Beheshti should have taken the woman’s hard-line refusal and behavior as a warning sign. But his supposedly divinely-ordered duty to keep the streets of the mullah state safe for Iranian men who might lose all sexual self-control at the sight of a bare, well-turned ankle and other such horrendous, woman-derived, society-threatening evil appears to have overridden all common sense and he unwisely repeated his admonishment. Bad mistake.

“She pushed me and I fell to the ground on my back,” Beheshti related. “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.”

The price of the poor cleric’s martyrdom for the cause of “commanding right and forbidding wrong,” as his moral guardian duties are officially called, was a three-day stay in the hospital.

Golnaz Esfandiari, a correspondent for Radio Free Europe, wrote about the incident on her blog, saying the story appeared in the semi-official Iranian news agency, Mehr. An Iranian woman herself, Esfandiari says she does not support violence but has an understanding of the cleric-beating woman’s actions.

“[A]s a woman who grew up in Iran and was harassed many times for appearing in public in a way that was deemed un-Islamic, I understand the frustration that that woman in Semnan (Province) must have felt and why she lashed out at the cleric,” Esfandiari wrote. “For the past 30 years, Iranian women have been harassed by the morality police, security forces, and zealots over their appearance[.]”

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    Poetic justice. If only we could secretly arm and train them.

    • Raymond in DC

      Real poetic justice would be the morality police getting a beat-down using sticks hidden under those chadors.

      I was in Iran in 1976 and (not just speaking as a guy) I appreciated seeing young Iranian women in tight jeans with that long hair exposed. Outside of Israel, Iran was the freest country in the region at the time. Yes, Turkey was "free" and a NATO member, but struck me then as "a former empire still in decline" compared to what I was seeing in Iran.

  • guest

    How did he know she was a woman? May be it was a man. Anyway I wonder what it felt like to take a beating instead of giving one?

  • David R

    Kudos to this lady! These hypocritical tyrants have to take their hole. Iran should have "Womens' Day" where all men must veil themselves completely and get a taste of their own stupidity.
    Last summer in stifling heat at the beach, this Iranian guy with his family was sitting on a picnic table in a Speedo, trying to look the man and gawking at the chickies around in bikinis…while his wife was feeding the kids, dressed in a complete black covering with just a small bug-screened peephole to look out of. Senseless stupidity that only humans can impose and endure!
    Yep…it's about time these females start kicking ass!

    • davarino

      And the left fights for these backwoods ret@rds. Its hard to keep up with what the left believes this week or the next, who's bad, who's good, who's cool, who's a nerd. I'd like to see Hillary, or Michelle forced to wear a hijab, heheheh, that would be funny.

      • amused

        oh cut the bullsheet Davarino , you brainwashed parrot . Tell me are you in 6th or 7th grade? And to think , there atleas +5 other idiots who think like you . And if it's "hard to keep up with what the left believes " it's because it's a matter of whever is not a mindless conservative …is a Lefty . And between this blog and the large number of sycophants posting here , it's hard to keep up with your own propaganda .Your pavlovian response to FPM's dogwhistle makes one woder if you'll ever get through adolesence.

        • Fritz

          Amused forgot to turn his spell checker on, poor grammar, poor spelling, and he questions whether Davarino got past the 6th or 7th grade? Speaking of Pavlov's dogs, anytime someone criticizes the Left's hypocrisy on women's rights (or just about anything else) when it come to the Islamic world he starts barking insults. But what else can one expect from a paid troll from the DNC boiler room?

  • Toecutter

    One small victory.

    And the Left needs to cop a few ‘rights’ of its own.

  • Schlomotion

    This woman did a good job. Hopefully women in Israel will take the same lesson and beat up those punk Haredi boys who follow them around and wag their fingers at women for violating hadarat nashim.

    Hopefully TSA agents will also be beaten up for acting like moral police in places that have no security risk and are every bit about enforcing submission to state clerics while groping children and stealing iPads.

    • Kufar Dawg

      The morality police in the "republic" of Iran have arrest powers, Haredi in Israel don't.

    • Ghostwriter

      Why must you continue to show that you're an idiot,Schlomotion? And an anti-Jewish one at that?

      • Kufar Dawg

        Anti-semitism is part and parcel of his faith.

  • Collins

    I think Iranian women should now register massively for Kick boxing lesson to kick their way to freedom.

  • Collins

    I think that Iranian women should register massively for Kick boxing to kick their way to reedom. It is definitely time for them to kick some Ass!

    • Richard

      How about Krav Maga instead? The Israelis would love to hear about an Iranian cleric getting beat up by a KM student, particularly if it were female!

  • Alex Kovnat

    Looks like Iranian women have found their Rosa Parks, if you know what I mean. But I'm worried there's a difference between what happened in Alabama in late 1955 and today's Iran. For all our racial inequities, Rosa Parks wasn't murdered. That might not be true, unfortunately, for that lady in Iran who, like Rosa Parks, decided at that moment she couldn't take any more.

    • Toecutter

      Interesting words.

      All I can say is that in an impossible world, anything is possible.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I think it was in Iran where women have been raped (by the police) before they were executed, because then the women won't get into islamic heaven (i.e. if they've been raped).

  • Ricky Michael

    Hahaha, I would pay money to watch what would happen to him if he tried that with my wife. This cleric would have been served some Rocky Mountain Oysters (2 of them) and have his voice raised five octaves permanently.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I'd pay some money for that too. Finally a fight worth paying good money to watch. I'd get my friends together too.

  • Mutantone

    Let us just wait and see how long she lives until she is stoned or beheaded at the behest of the cleric what will be interesting is to see How he identifies her

    • Kufar Dawg

      LOL, great thought, since women are all covering their face how will he know which women beat his misogynistic ass down?

      On a more depressing note, considering islamofascist jurisprudence, it probably wouldn't matter who he fingered for the crime, because islamofascism has nothing to do w/justice.

  • US Muslim

    Good job, lady. That Mulah sure had his malenes questioned here…getting his butt beaten up by a lady!! Better go put some makeup and perfume on…and don't forget the burkha otherwise you may be arrested for "indecent exposure".

  • traeh

    He might not have needed the hospital in reality. Maybe he just wanted to play the victim in order to make things harder for her. I hate violence, but then again, these criminal clerics need their asses whooped till they learn a lesson. Best of all would be to see the current Ayatollah Khameini getting bitch-slapped around for an hour or two by a bunch of women tired of his murderous government. I hope the Iranian government gets more than an ass-whooping.

  • Dragon

    I know this story happened in Iran, but I wanted to share this gem from "Don’ts for Husbands" by Blanche Ebbutt (London A. & C. Black Ltd. 1913).

    "Don't try to be a Sultan. This is the West, and you can't shut your wife away from other men. Don't insult her by trying to."

  • Witch

    I hope she doesn't suffer any severe punishments for kicking his ass. No doubt, he and this whole backward, oppressive/abusive system deserves a hell of a lot worse. He damned well had it coming! But, to her advantage, they can be 'beaten' by their own stupid BS system, it'll be fun trying to identify her behind that common, cloned burkha or whatever tent she was attempting to wear!

    Witch