Iran Government Bans A Female Politician For A Handshake? [Pic+]
Submitted by: richanddead⚫ 11 months ago
One step forward, two steps back, amirite Iran?
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.