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Iranian girls studying outside a school complex in Tehran. The president has spoken out against the use of pressure to impose Islamic values. DHA photo

Iranian girls studying outside a school complex in Tehran. The president has spoken out against the use of pressure to impose Islamic values. DHA photo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has spoken out against the use of pressure to impose Islamic values on people, especially university candidates, media reported.

“You cannot impose things by issuing decrees and directives, a choice imposed by force has no value whatsoever,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech on Dec. 30.

“In some universities, female students are forced to wear the chador [covering the whole body, leaving only the face exposed], but the way they are forced to wear it ... it is better not worn since it becomes worthless,” he said. He also criticized criteria on the selection of university candidates, citing the case of a student denied university admittance in the 1980s because he had shaved.

Ahmadinejad also mentioned another case of a girl refused a university place because she had “talked to a boy in the street and had her headscarf back an inch,” thereby showing her hair. He said that after he intervened in both cases they were granted places.

Ahmadinejad also denounced some of the questions posed to candidates during interviews for government jobs.

“We have asked people if they drank alcohol or have illicit sexual relations. This is an insult and goes against religion.”


December/31/2012

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Brit in Turkey

1/1/2013 5:48:59 PM

Blue Dotterel. When I was living in Tehran in the 70s (the Shah's time) the women in the city wore normal dress as in any European country and attended Tehran University (for what it was worth) and behaved as normal citizens. Think Istanbul for comparison. That changed dramatically on the revolution in 1979. There has been plenty of time to reign back the religious zealots since then, which is what makes the President's comments all the more surprising. An attempt to lean westwards?

mara mcglothin

1/1/2013 5:43:48 PM

Iran is no democracy BLUE. What kind of kool-aid you been drinking?

Blue Dotterel

1/1/2013 11:13:39 AM

Ahmadinejed and ıran are regularly misreported in the Western corporate media. It is even surprising that the HDN would cite this. Shia Muslims are far less "fundamentalist" and autocratic than Sunni. Iran is a democracy, after all. The Gulf Arab states aren't even close. Naturally, the US supports the likes of Saudi, Bahrain and Qatar. It is interesting to contrast Ahmadinejed's view of university students with Erdogan's.

Brit in Turkey

12/31/2012 6:50:05 PM

I'm puzzled as I thought he was the main part of the problem.

Richard Pekar

12/31/2012 6:09:52 PM

Iraan is fascist state..that's all.

mara mcglothin

12/31/2012 5:46:56 PM

Does anyone else find this amusing or is it just me? I wonder if he will be looking for a new job soon.
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