An Iranian-British woman who took part in a demonstration in Tehran against a ban on women attending some men’s sporting events was jailed for a year for spreading anti-state propaganda, Iranian media said.
Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was arrested on June 20 outside the city’s Azadi Stadium, where she and others were demanding that women be allowed in to watch a volleyball match between Iran and Italy. [Source]
Since the 1979 Revolution women watching sports with men has been deemed un-islamic, therefore illegal. This includes not just stadiums, but in cafés and cinemas. The recent World Cup they qualified for was no exception.
Iran also made it into the World League of Vollyball. In celebration of that, the prohibition for mixed crowds was relaxed in 2013. But then Tehran this year enforced the law – to protect women from male lewdness naturally.
In Iran women are responsible for the anti-social behaviour of men. A country where a woman had better not defend herself against a rapist. Killing him in self defence, the result is you will be slut shamed and finally hanged, after a travesty of a trial.
As Reyhaneh Jabbari said before being hanged to her mother:
The world allowed me to live for 19 years. That ominous night I should have been killed. My body would have been dumped in some corner of the city, and after a few days, the police would have taken you to the coroner’s office to identify my body and there you would also learn that I had been raped as well. The murderer would have never been found since we don’t have their wealth and their power. Then you would have continued your life suffering and ashamed, and a few years later you would have died of this suffering and that would have been that.
Acid attacks on women deemed not to be dressed brought about a change in the law recently. That of protecting citizens making public social judgments on how others dressed.
This is the theocracy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who we are being told we can rationally negotiate with regarding nuclear development.
As they stand on the brink of a nuclear age, the treatment of women is very much in the dark ages. It is nothing less than a war on women.
Women are standing up against the regime. Paying the price as they do. Yet when the tipping point comes, when thousands publicly protest, one can only hope it signals a day closer to a new revolution that will make these past decades a nightmare to wake up from.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog