Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Iran Focus: "Iran’s Islamists terrorise young women with acid"

To female university students in Iran who were not conforming to the official Islamic dress code had acid splashed in their faces by what an article in Iran Focus calls "unidentified assailants." The article does observe, however:
Radical Islamists operating under the umbrella of the paramilitary Bassij force and Ansar-e Hezbollah have stepped up their campaign against the “mal-veiling” of women and girls since the election of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian President regularly addresses meetings of these Islamic vigilantes and praises their efforts “to purify the Islamic Republic of the vestiges of corrupt Western culture”.

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