Iranian Cleric: "Unveiled Women Transform Men Into Beasts"
Top Iranian cleric says that unveiled women turn men into beasts and cause a very serious problem to a society.
Mashad, 10 April (AKI) – A top Shia cleric in Iran has said that unveiled women are a serious danger to Iranian society as they cause men to be “transformed into beasts”.
“Women without the veil are a danger that the authorities underestimate,” said Hojatolislam Seyyed Ahmad Elmalhoda, a powerful cleric who leads the Friday prayers in Mashad, a site considered sacred for Shia Muslims as it houses the shrine of Imam Reza.
“This situation is very serious in that if men see these bad women, they will turn into beasts, and then the whole of society will have to pay the consequences.”
According to the Shia cleric, women who do not respect conservative Islamic dress rules are “sources of all that is bad in society.”
“Respecting the chador (a long, black cloak that covers the arms and legs and is usually worn with a hijab) is the law of the state and the authorities must severely punish anyone who does not respect this law, in the same way that they punish thieves and murderers,” said Elmadhoda.