Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Islamic police stops 10-year-old girl at Tehran airport for improper clothing

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.
The regime-run news agency ENTEKHOB reported: On Thursday, April 6th, passengers at Tehran's Mehr-Abad Airport were witness to the Islamic police's inappropriate harassment of a 10-year-old girl who was traveling with her family to the city of Kerman. The police stopped the child claiming that her Islamic overcoat was too short. READ MORE

The girl’s father responded to the police by protesting loudly for everyone in the airport to hear. The police told the father that some woman at the airport had complained about the child's unacceptable attire and that as a result, they were forced to confront the child and her family regarding this matter. The father shouted: “If some woman has an issue with my child’s overcoat, she should step forward and try her hand at thrashing out these religious issues with my child! I am a father and I want to know how exactly my daughter has broken the law here.”

The guards browbeat and agitated the father to such a point that he slapped his daughter in front of everyone in the terminal. The police then forced both the father and the crying child to guarantee that she would be instructed on how to dress properly.