Never again. There is a denial of the report from Iran -- "just" women are
the law's focus. For now?
I found this on the AP:
In Tehran, legislator Emad Afroogh, who sponsored the bill and chairs the
parliament's cultural committee, told The Associated Press on Friday there
was no truth to the Canadian newspaper report.
"It's a sheer lie. The rumors about this are worthless," he said.
Afroogh said the bill seeks only to make women dress more conservatively and
avoid Western fashions.
"The bill is not related to minorities. It is only about clothing," he said.
"Please tell them (in the West) to check the details of the bill. There is
no mention of religious minorities and their clothing in the bill," he said.
According to existing law, women must cover from head to toe, but many young
women, buoyed by social freedoms granted to them during the 1997-2005 rule
of former President Mohammad Khatami, ignore the law.
Since conservatives regained control of Iran's most powerful institutions,
there have been increasing calls to implement strict Islamic laws that were
largely ignored in the past.
Iran's Islamic law imposes tight restrictions on women. They need a male
guardian's permission to work or travel. They are not allowed to become
judges, and a man's court testimony is considered twice as important as a
Despite such restrictions, Iranian women have more rights than their
counterparts in Saudi Arabia and some other conservative Muslim countries.
They can drive, vote and run for office.
The State Department said Friday it was concerned about the reports on a
special clothing rule for Iranian minorities.
Spokesman Sean McCormack said such a measure would be "despicable" and carry
"clear echoes of Germany under Hitler."
McCormack said he could not comment further because the precise nature of
the proposal was unclear.
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