MEK Iran: Friday Prayers Leaders Continue Anti-Women Threats
The Iranian regime is openly anti-women in its policies. Attacks on young women have been spurred on by threats made by the regime’s representatives, especially the Friday Prayers leaders. “We should make the society unsafe for the few (mal-veiling women) and not allow them to break the norms on the streets and parks easily… The SSF should be given more authority in dealing with those breaking the law and the norms. We should not be afraid of any hostile action in dealing with the violators,” said the Isfahan Friday prayers leader, Yousef Tabatabai, in a recent meeting with the head of the State Security Forces (SSF).
Previous comments made by these so-called religious leaders in the past have led to vicious attacks on young and old women by thugs, who have used acid on the faces of “mal-veiled” women in the street.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 6, 2020
In North Khorasan, the Friday prayers leader, Abolghasem Yaghoubi, said: “law enforcement forces must make the lives of rioters who have evil intentions unsafe… Mal-veiling or the refusal to wear a veil acts like a virus in society, and we must confront those who do that… In addition to the engagement of the SSF and the judiciary in combating mal veiling, the people must also get involved and enjoin good and forbid evil. We must also be sensitive to other viruses and not just the coronavirus.”
These misogynous comments have been attacked by the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), who have said that Khamenei and his thuggish representatives have laid the way to further oppression of Iranian women. In a statement, the Women’s Committee said: “it urges the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Human Rights Council as well as all women’s rights and human rights organizations to condemn these repressive measures and to support the struggle of Iranian women for freedom and equality.”
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) October 7, 2020
Misogyny has been part and parcel of the mullahs’ regime since 1979
It didn’t take long after the Iranian revolution in 197 before Ruhollah Khomeini, the new Supreme Leader made it compulsory for women to wear the hijab in public. Any woman who in the eyes of the new regime’s thugs considered was not appropriately “veiled” was attacked. The so-called “morality police” were employed to roam the streets making arbitrary arrests of any woman who they thought was ‘mal-veiled.”
“Institutionalized Misogyny in the laws of the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran,” is a document prepared by the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which briefly studies the misogynistic laws of the clerical regime in #Iran.https://t.co/kd9SfWpepx pic.twitter.com/gbRore8I70
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) June 9, 2020
The current Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, supposedly a “moderate,” has boasted about his role in introducing the compulsory hijab law.
The misogynous nature of the Iranian regime has permitted a culture of oppression of women in Iran that has included the so-called barbaric “honor killings.” Older male relatives are allowed to murder a younger woman if they believe that the woman has acted in a way that has tarnished their reputation. When 14-year-old Romina Ashrafi was beheaded by her own father it hit international headlines, but her father was let off by the court.
Iranian women are fighting for equality
Iranian women are showing that they are not prepared to put up with medieval ideas of misogyny in the twenty-first century. Many women are in fact at the forefront of the Iranian opposition, struggling to rid Iran of the mullahs and their thuggish representatives. The main opposition organization, The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), is indeed led by a woman, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI).
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi consistently speaks up for women’s equality. In a 2019 speech, she said: “women are the force for change who is going to defeat the mullahs’ reactionary religious dictatorship.”
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) July 14, 2019