A woman severely beat an Iranian cleric after the cleric ordered her to wear more modest clothes.
The Iranian cleric admitted that he was beaten by a woman in the northern province of Semnan, after giving her a warning for being poorly dressed, according to reports.
Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti said he encountered the immodest woman on his way to a mosque in the city of Shahmirzad, and asked her to cover up, to which she replied, “You cover your eyes,” according to reports.
The cleric reiterated his warning that he said prompted her to beat him.
“I fell back on the floor,” Beheshti said in the report. “I do not know what happened after that, all I could feel was the kicking of this woman ,who was attacking me,” he said.
Since the 1979 revolution that brought Shiite Muslim religious leaders to power, women in Iran, have been required to cover their hair and body curves in public with head scarves and baggy coats to protect religious values and “preserve morals of society and security.”
The Government condemns short tight coats and loose colorful scarves, and routinely organizes police patrols to enforce the Islamic dress code.
There is an increase in patrols in the summer when some women choose to wear immodest clothing.
Beheshti said he was hospitalized for three days. The Iranian cleric said it was his religious duty to implement the principle of “commanding right and forbidding wrong,” and will continue to do so even after living through what he called “the worst day of my life.”
It was not the first time that a cleric in Iran was hit after issuing a warning, according to reports.