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‘Immodest’ hijab wearers under threat

‘Immodest’ hijab wearers under threat

A series of acid attacks on ‘loose hijab’ women have taken place in Iran.

The attacks, according to this report, coincide with a law recently passed by the Iranian parliament that gives further powers to morality patrols.

Ansar-e-Hezbollah – or the “Supporters of the Party of God” – a militant fundamentalist group, announced it would be resuming its street activities, which include harassing women who don’t wearing what the zealots deem to be proper Islamic headscarves.

For the past two weeks there have been rumours that a group of motorcyclists are throwing acid on women whose obligatory hijabs,do not meet the gang’s standards. They target women’s faces, and the attacks are said to have been concentrated in Isfahan.

On October 16 the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) confirmed one report: a woman in a car had been attacked, and acid was thrown in her face. There was widespread speculation that it was done as a means of punishment because the woman was wearing an “improper” hijab arranged to show too much of the hair and face beneath.

Colonel Hossein Hosseinzadeh, deputy commander of the security forces in Isfahan, confirmed that two such attacks had taken place, but he said the motive was not clear and the police were pursuing the matter.

Fazlollah Kafil, Isfahan’s governor, said that the victim was a married woman.

It is possible that the motive was personal. We have to investigate such cases carefully. If we are too hasty, we will make people feel unsafe. Police will let us know what they find out as soon as possible.

But residents of Isfahan feel unsafe already. According to some reports, up to six women have been taken to Isfahan’s Feyz Hospital in connection with acid attacks. The hospital specialises in treating eye conditions. The average age of the victims is about 30.

There were other reports of attacks. A doctor at Isfahan’s Burn Centre said:

I had two patients who were burned by acid. I am not at the hospital every day and every hour, so it is possible there have been other cases that I don’t know about.

Another Isfahan resident said:

Two weeks ago a group of motorcyclists threw a bucket at the faces of some women to frighten them. There was no acid in the bucket, just water mixed with some cleansers, which gave the sensation of burning. They just wanted to frighten people. But in recent weeks there have been real acid-throwing attacks.

Ansar-e-Hezbollah said in the past that sexual violence against women can be attributed to instances of female “impropriety”.

Anothert resident said:

There have been calls for women to observe rules around wearing a proper hijab, in order to prevent certain people from being provoked.

Akbar Pakzad, a well-known commander of the Revolutionary Guards in Isfahan said:

I heard the news a couple of hours ago and it really shocked me. Such actions are forbidden, whether by religion, by sharia or by the law. They are not human. Anybody who takes such actions under any pretext has committed a crime and must be punished under the maximum penalty.  He considers throwing acid a deadly sin, which must be punishable by death.

Hojatoleslam Kamil Kaveh,  head of Ansar-e-Hezbollah in Isfahan, denies having heard about the attacks.

Unfortunately or fortunately I have not heard anything about it. A Muslim would not even think about doing such a thing even if he has only a drop of religion in him.

The photo used to illustrate this report is of Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in an acid attack by Majid Movahedi after she repeatedly spurned his offer of marriage. Movahedi was sentenced in February 2009 to be blinded in both eyes, but in July 2011, he was given an 11th hour reprieve when Bahrami pardoned him, saying she would accept €2-million in ‘blood money’ instead.

Bahrami said she she pardoned her attacker because:

God talks about ‘qesas’ [eye for an eye justice] in the Koran but he also recommends pardon since pardon is greater than ‘qesas’.

16 responses to “‘Immodest’ hijab wearers under threat”

  1. Matt Westwood says:

    Yep, sensible woman, I’d have taken the 2 million myself.

  2. Broga says:

    ““Supporters of the Party of God” It is impossible to read about these sick cowards and pitiless sadists without feeling overwhelming rage. The time is long overdue when any person claiming to be civilised, especially our passive MPs and religious leaders, howled to their fictional God in protest about these thugs.

    Instead we continue to hear crap about their behaviour not being true to Islam which is a religion of tolerance. The silence against their savagery is a crime in itself.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    If you want a voice to counter this insanity, here it is:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29686627

  4. Pagan Pete says:

    @AgentCormac:

    The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
    In all of the directions it can whizz
    As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
    Twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.
    So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
    And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
    ‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.

  5. Lon says:

    Let’s hope that every member of Ansar-e-Hezbollah comes down with a terminal case of ebola. Fuck the fucking mother fucker prophet Muhammad!

  6. Paul Cook says:

    What words can condemn such behaviour.
    None. It is so sad.

    But there is one word why. That word is religion.

  7. Broga says:

    ‘Pagan Pete: Well said. A billion stars and upwards in the Milky Way. A billion galaxies. Maybe a multiverse. Puts things in perspective.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Just hold your horses minute, you sceptics! There is news in this morning of a paralysed man who can now walk using a frame, and is regaining other lost sensations. No input from your wonderful science apart from the transference of a few little cells from his nose – which, of course, God created. What’s your answer to that then? Isn’t God wonderful?

    http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/21/paralysed-man-walks-again-after-miracle-operation-4914207/

  9. Ex Patriot says:

    More atrocities in the name of religion, what ever one it may be, they are all the same, foul, evil, corrupt, and serve no useful šurpose what so ever, the worst thing man ever thought up, a pox on them all

  10. Pagan Pete says:

    @Broga
    I can claim no credit, t’was the Pythons 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buqtdpuZxvk

    But my all-time fave has to be
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUspLVStPbk

  11. Brummie says:

    “Ev’ry sperm is sacred”. Sheer genius! What a send up of RCC attitudes.

  12. zombiehunter says:

    My voluntary work involves dealing with asylum seekers settling in the UK and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Iranians, many of them on fleeing Iran turned their backs on islam .

    Eventually the young people of Iran who despise the clerics and old farts in charge will rise up and take their country back, the current president of Iran knows this and the zealots who are really in charge are all shitting themselves because they know they are going to lose power soon enough which is partly why actions like this are taking place and why young people are being hauled into court for dancing.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Zombiehunter: Did you read this?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29722810

    We may have our own views about Twitter, but the point is well made – the younger generation are determined to have their say, and once they have tasted that freedom they are not going to be easily forced back into the straitjacket of censorship.

  14. John says:

    barriejohn: so in what hospital did your friend God carry out the operation?

  15. barriejohn says:

    John: God is in EVERY hospital. Didn’t you know that? Here’s the proof:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_s3cMnYkg4RU/TSimVBdBQVI/AAAAAAAAAB4/Zu_B7m90-oc/s1600/jesus_surgeon.jpg

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