Ahmadinejad should open night clubs - MP

2012-05-20 19:19

Tehran - A hardline Iranian MP on Saturday took a jibe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for failing to support an Islamic dress code for women, suggesting the president should now move to open "nightclubs" in the Islamic republic.

Fars news agency quoted MP Ali Motahari as saying that the president's alleged lax views on the Islamic dress code had allowed women, directly and indirectly, to dress in a way promoting "sexual provocation".

"The situation of the [Islamic] veil is tragic... thanks to the apparent and hidden encouragement by the president," Fars quoted Motahari as saying.

Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie have promoted a situation in which girls now "wear [in public] trousers, and coats that don't cover the knees," he said.

"They have actually allowed sexual provocation... and now, they should think of opening nightclubs and cabarets," he added sarcastically in reference to Ahmadinejad and Mashaie.

Ahmadinejad, who has on occasion spoken against the use of police to enforce the Islamic dress code, is seen as too liberal by Iran's hardline regime. And Mashaie is accused of having a negative influence on his boss.

Iran's so-called morality police have launched a large crackdown in recent days on women deemed to ensure that they wear the mandatory headscarf and are not clad in "un-Islamic" attire.

Before summer

The crackdown is part of an annual campaign before the sweltering heat of summer, when women try to shed some of their mandatory clothing.

The operations see police screening foot and vehicle traffic at major junctions and shopping centres, and lead to fines or arrests.

Several conservative MPs criticised Motahari's "harmful" comments.

One of them, Mohammad Esmail Kossari, called on the judiciary to take up the case and hold the hardline lawmaker to account.

"The statements by Motahari are immoral," charged Hamid Reza Fouladgar, an MP for Isfahan, while Fars news agency, which is close to the conservatives, accused him of playing games with the "counter-revolutionary media".

Motahari, who won back his seat in Iran's recent parliamentary elections, is renowned for his virulent attacks on the Iranian president.

  • Craig Hopkins - 2012-05-20 20:06

    Er, no, you Muslim men are just a bunch of chauvinistic pigs that view women as your sexual slaves

      Hoosen Essa - 2012-05-20 20:13

      lets open files on you pigs that let your daughters lose their virginity at age 13 and most getting pregnant. or better still, your priest doing it with little boys!!!!!

      Morné - 2012-05-20 21:06

      I suppose it's a disgrace if a 13 year old falls pregnant, unless of course she is forced into marriage with someone old enough to be her grandfather. Then it's par for the course.

      Jean - 2012-05-20 21:21

      Oh Hoosen, I've been to the muslim's 'vatican', KSA and it is shocking how they treat women. I mean like our prezi you can have more than one wife, on weekends they leave their wife behind to look after they children so that he can screw a chinese prostitute in bahrain or qatar, or they just dump the woman with a baby on the side walk so that she would beg for money (the poorer muslims) and apparently broke back mountain had a bigger effect there but to be fair its easier for a guy to be seen with a guy than a woman and the other way around, the mother have to get consent from there child if the husband, brother etc isn't there and then you just have to laugh cos the way see it if they go on their knees and sing that little song all is okay afterwards and their \sins\ are forgiven and they can do it all over again! And oh ja that veil is flawed cos you can't ask a woman to take the veil of so men usually wear it as well if the wanna secretly meet woman for some fun time! Oh how the so called high and mighty muslim faith's little dirty secrets can be revealed...

      gcodi.mahomed - 2012-11-21 19:49

      @craig ,I'm guessing your wife's a PORNSTAR

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-20 21:17

    Ahmadinejad should open a Muslim porn site.

      Morné - 2012-05-20 21:34

      Picture the scene: Pages full of ankles, lips with all shades of lipstick, hair in designer hairstyles; hell they might even go risque and include an actual knee.

  • Carla - 2012-05-21 09:25

    Pants and jackets = sexual provocation...Really??? What gives him the right to decide what the women in the country may and may not wear??? Disgusting.

  • Michael - 2012-05-25 12:45

    Islam taking another great stride in promoting the equality of woman.Well done:)p

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