Posted by: becketfund | December 29, 2007

Iran: Top Cleric Calls for Death of Women Found Without Headscarves

TEHRAN – One of Iran’s top Muslim clerics, Hojatolislam Gholam Reza Hassani, has called for the death of Iranian women who do not wear the hijab, or Islamic headscarf, ADNKronos International reports that 19. “I do not understand how these women who do not respect the hijab…are still alive,” Hassani said on December 19. “These women and their husbands and their fathers must die.” There is concern that Hassani’s statements may result in a renewed effort to punish women who do not abide by Iran’s strict Islamic dress code.

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