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Repression during the month of ramadan

412 People Arrested for Eating Publicly During Ramadan, Says Kermanshah Policy Deputy

Repression during the month of ramadan

Photo credit to Iran-hrm.com: The repressive security forces harassing a man for eating during the month of Ramadan

On May 22nd, Mohammad Reza Amouie, the Social Deputy of Kermanshah Police, announced that during the first half of Ramadan his department had warned 800 stores for selling food during the fast and closed 87 others for “ignoring police warnings,” according to a report from the state-run Mehr news agency.

 

In addition, Amouie said that police in the province had taken written commitments from 1,731 people against openly eating in public and detained another 412 people for eating publicly. Police filed cases against 170 of those who were detained.

Amouie added that 569 drivers were given warnings for eating and drinking in their cars and that those who ignored the warnings had their cars seized. 49 cars have been impounded so far.

 

The state-run Tasnim news agency reported that officials shut down five stores in the city of Kouhdasht in Lorestan Province for selling food during the Ramadan Fast.

Exclusions from Ramadan Fast

 

The ban on eating or drinking in public does not apply to children, people with health problems, travelers, or non-Muslims. However, it is not always evident at first glance if someone has a health issue, and police have been ramping up arbitrary enforcement of laws in the ongoing crackdown on the Iranian people.

 

Iran’s Islamic Penal Code does not explicitly forbid the public consumption of food or water during the Ramadan fast, but it does allow for punishment of harām (sinful) acts under Article 638, which states:

 

“Anyone in public places and roads who openly commits a harām (sinful) act, in addition to the punishment provided for the act, shall be sentenced to two months’ imprisonment or up to 74 lashes; and if they commit an act that is not punishable but violates public prudence, they shall only be sentenced to ten days to two months’ imprisonment or up to 74 lashes.”

A Wider Pattern of Crackdowns

 

This same article was recently used to justify the enforcement of a ban on public cycling by women. It was declared a harām act by regime Supreme Leader in a 2016 fatwa, but the ban was loosely enforced in the city of Isfahan until earlier this month when pressure from clerics led to a crackdown.

 

These crackdowns are part of a wider pattern of suppressive actions by the mullahs’ regime in recent months as they desperately try to hold onto power. Iranian men were warned at the beginning of Ramadan to avoid looking at women at all and told that those in violation could face punishment by the morality police.

 

The MEK’s political platform states, “We are committed to the separation of Religion and State. In our view, any form of discrimination against the followers of any religion and denomination will be prohibited.”

 

Under the mullahs’ regime, religion has become a weapon of the state. The MEK believes that this is not the purpose of religion or of government and that people should be free to practice their faith as they see fit.

Staff writer

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Women’s Rights Activists Urged to Condemn Savage Beating of Ailing Young Woman for Improper Veiling

Women’s Rights Activists Urged to Condemn Savage Beating of Ailing Young Woman for Improper Veiling

Women’s Rights Activists Urged to Condemn Savage Beating of Ailing Young Woman for Improper Veiling

Women’s Rights Activists Urged to Condemn Savage Beating of Ailing Young Woman for Improper Veiling

On Thursday, the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) condemned the savage beating of a young woman who was accused of “improper veiling”. The MEK (PMOI) joins them in their condemnation of this human rights abuse by Rouhani’s regime repressive “Morality Police” (Gasht-e Ershad).

 

The NCRI and MEK (PMOI) urge all organizations supporting women’s rights and human rights to stand with them in strong condemnation of this brutal attack by the regime’s suppressive forces.

 

The beating took place in Tehran on Wednesday, April 18th. The Morality Police attacked the young woman, claiming that she was improperly veiled, and beat her into unconsciousness. The brutal attack occurred despite the protestations of the woman’s friends, who said that she had a heart condition.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, responded to the savage attack, saying that the brutal beating once again illustrated the ugly, inhuman and anti-Islamic face of the misogynous ruling regime in Iran.

She also called upon the Iranian youth “to confront such disrespect and violation of Iranian women’s dignity and not to allow their sisters to be attacked by Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and their mercenaries”

The violent enforcement of the strict women’s dress code, or hijab, in Iran is a means of controlling women and restricting the actions of Iranian society as a whole. Iranian women have fought against this oppression for 40 years and continue to do so, despite the brutality of the suppressive forces of the mullahs’ regime.

 

Mrs. Rajavi called upon the youth of Iran to counter this violence and repression against women by the Revolutionary Guard and its mercenaries and to stand up for their sisters and not allow them to be insulted, abused, and suppressed.

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