Ayatollah Khomenei: Iran honors women, West abuses them

by Infidelesto on January 14, 2008 · View Comments

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(CNSNews.com)Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who rules over a nation where men are allowed to have four permanent wives and as many “temporary” wives as they like, declared in a recent lecture to Iranian students that Iran honors women, while the West abuses them.

The ayatollah said one indication of this is that women in Iran are forced to wear the hijab — clothing that covers much or all of a woman’s head, face and body — while women in the West are not forced to wear it.

Khamenei told the Iranian students’ conference that in the Iranian vision of Islam, it was determined that poor women should be compelled to cover their entire bodies and faces in order to honor them and make their dress conform to the style adopted by aristocratic women. This policy, he said, logically followed from the conclusion that men have an “inborn desire for sexual violence.”

According to the March 2007 State Department report on human rights practices in Iran, a woman can be whipped in Iran for not wearing the hijab. “The penal code provides that if a woman appears in public without the appropriate Islamic covering (hijab), she can be sentenced to lashings and/or fined,” said the report.

Under Iran’s Islamic code, a man may marry four regular wives and innumerable temporary wives. “Prostitution is illegal, but sigheh, or temporary marriage, is legal,” said the State Department report.

“The country’s Islamic law permits a man to have up to four wives and an unlimited number of temporary partnerships, based on a Shi’a custom in which a woman may become the wife of a Muslim male after a simple religious ceremony and a civil contract outlining the union’s conditions. Temporary marriages may last for any length of time and are used sometimes by prostitutes. Such wives are not granted rights associated with traditional marriage.”

Also a woman’s testimony is not considered equal to a man’s in Ayatollah Khamenei’s Iran. Nor is a crime committed against a woman considered as egregious as a crime committed against a man. Nor can a woman leave the country without a permission slip from her husband.

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