Iran Government Bans A Female Politician For A Handshake? [Pic+]

Submitted by: richanddead 11 months ago News & Politics
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One step forward, two steps back, amirite Iran?

From The Guardian:

A newly elected female MP in Iran is to be barred from entering the next parliament apparently because she is alleged to have shaken hands with an unrelated man during a trip abroad.

Minoo Khaleghi (pictured above), a reformist politician and environmental activist, has denied claims about the handshake, which would be illegal under Iran’s Islamic law.

She had been qualified to run, meaning that the powerful guardian council, which vets all candidates, had approved her candidacy. But the controversial body of clerics and jurists has changed its mind, nullifying her votes even though election officials endorsed the results in Isfahan and found no major discrepancy in the counting process.

The council has not explained its decision. Local reports suggested that Khaleghi’s rivals in Isfahan may have obtained photographs purporting to show a woman shaking hands with an unrelated man apparently during a trip to China or not covering her head under the compulsory hijab. It is unclear whether the photographs are genuine.

There are 6 comments:
Male 192
It's a bit more nuanced than this. I was with a mixed gender group of westerners who were invited to a family home in Qom recently. The youngest daughter - thirty five - wore capri pants, a crop top revealing quite a bit of midriff and was bareheaded. She and her older sisters had no problem shaking hands with the men in our party but the mother covered her hand with a scarf before doing so. And from what I saw, the hijab rule is interpreted VERY loosely by many women in Iran, they wear the headscarfs much further back on their heads than the picture at the top.
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Male 37,052
I've read similar things before mikesex, on several of those topics. >>>In one's family home? Most Muxlims feel more free to follow looser rules than in public. >>>In Iran, the majority of the population is actually pretty 'western' but are savagely oppressed if they express it in any way. For example, this article! >>>Like Stalin's USSR or the East German Stasi, the "Morality Police" in Iran rule with an iron fist and are backed by police, politicians, Imams, the army AND torture prisons. Rather like Saddam Hussein's Iraq... NO ONE likes them! But they're all too fearful (rightfully so!) to even try to resist.
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Male 192
I don't know about 'savagely oppressed'. I haven't any experience of Saddam's Iraq but there seem to be an awful lot of Iraqi's who didd't exactly welcome their 'liberation' by the West for whatever reason. What I do know is that I have lived among muslims on and off since I was three years old; over the years I've travelled around Northern Nigeria, Mali, Tunisia, Libya, Turkey, Lebanon (not exactly muslim but I had to catch the plane home from Damascus) and finally travelled round Iran. I have yet to meet a muslim who threatened me. Just look at the two comments above mine; they have bought into a version promoted by western (maybe mostly American) media. Don't get me wrong, I've seen the propaganda offered by the various regimes involved. BUT I've seen both sides and am well-informed enough enough to make up my own mind. You may have READ 'similar' things before but I've BEEN to those countries and interacted with the people there. Changes your perspective a bit. Iron Fist? Not so much when you've walked down streets in Iran where shops have Xmas trees, signs that say "Merry Xmas Everyone" and 'Happy Birthday Jesus"
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Male 1,252
On the bright side they didnt decide to stone her to death >.>
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Female 3,283
yo feminazies! lets hear again how 'man spreading' is oppressive to women.
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Male 2,669
The way things are going, this story could well have happened in America.
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