Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Iranian headscarf crackdown: not so popular

The Iranian police force is cracking down on women who push up against the country's Islamic dress code. The drive has apparently provoked a backlash:

Critics in the media also complained that the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had more important issues to deal with, citing the country's soaring inflation and high unemployment rates.

"Mr. President, I wonder if what the police, supervised by your interior ministry, are doing to women stems from a misunderstanding?" asked Masih Alinejad, a columnist in the Etemad Melli daily.

"Or are people's major problems of injustice and poverty have been resolved?" he asked.

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