January 15, 2008


Enforcing Islamic Dress Code May Cost Votes (Kimia Sanati, 1/15/08, IPS)

When the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad uncharacteristically denounced the country’s police force for strictly enforcing Islamic dress code (hijab) it was attributed to fears of losing popularity ahead of parliamentary elections in March.

In an article published in the ‘Iran’ newspaper, the official mouthpiece, government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham criticised the police force and said the president and his cabinet were not to be held responsible for their overzealousness in dealing with hijab violators.

In his weekly press conference, the spokesman also accused the chief commander of the police, who happens to be Ahmadinejad’s brother-in-law, of not having presented the government with comprehensive plans on the issue.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2008 6:50 PM
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