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Two girls recently gave a religious official a beating in a small town in Iran after he admonished them to cover up properly, CNN reported late yesterday.

According to the semi-official Mehr News Agency, the cleric, Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, claimed he had politely warned one of the girls to better cover herself and was told in return to "cover [his] eyes."
Beheshti warned the girl to cover herself for a second time after which the girl and her friend responded violently, hitting and kicking the cleric.

Beheshti was hospitalized following the attack.

The cleric will not press charges against the girls, CNN reported.

September/21/2012

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Man in the Middle

9/24/2012 4:39:22 AM

This "incident" has received publicity because a nosy cleric got what he deserved. Iranian youth have been standing up to the cleric and non-cleric thugs who would like to order them around and impose their own backward preferences on the all the time. Not too long ago a "Baseeji" (military reservist" was attacked for the same reason(s). Those who know the Iranians are well aware there is NO regime on Earth that can cow them to toe the line all the time. Iranians are very hard to homogenize.

mara mcglothin

9/23/2012 2:52:28 AM

BRIT IN TURKEY You must have misunderstood me. Most of the Iranians I know personally came to America when the Shah fell. Whether they arrived here with a lot of money or whether they arrived here with only the clothes on their backs, MOST of them are very successful people and they hate what has happened to their country. I have no doubt which government I would rather live under either.

Peter Kypros

9/21/2012 10:08:13 PM

Given the distortion of news and information often sent out most likely what happened is that the cleric asked them to take clothes off. The girls let him have it in the name of religion and their own honor. You cannot violate the ethics of a religion even if you are a cleric but isn't that what happens all the time in almost every religion?

Brit in Turkey

9/21/2012 7:40:18 PM

Sev Cihan and mara mcglothin - the difference between you two and me is that my family and I lived in Tehran in the Shah's time. We also extensively toured the country and met the people. Tehran in those days was as cosmopolitan as Istanbul is today. I know which regime I would prefer to live under.

V Tiger

9/21/2012 6:59:07 PM

Always beware of clerics.

Turk down under

9/21/2012 5:45:55 PM

Brilliant! Shmolik-let's hope Iranian spring turns out better than Arab spring :)

A Shmolik

9/21/2012 5:18:15 PM

Atta Girls of Iran, give it to them some more! Lets call this the Iranian Spring!

mara mcglothin

9/21/2012 4:55:02 PM

Itis my guess, since these girls are not going to be stoned to death, that the dear "cleric" did something other than ask them to cover up? BRIT IN TURKEY Well, Duh, that is why there is such a backlash now! And also that is why so many people are so sensitivie to the AKP religiously controllled government. Persian's from the Shah's time were highly educated and secular and Western. FARUK REDTAIL and myself have been CHP members since way back--didn't you know?

Sev Cihan

9/21/2012 4:49:23 PM

@brit in turkey, do you mean the times there the shah has taken all the money from the people and government and spent it for himself and his wife, while his people were starving? or than more people got abducted and torturted ( its funny but in the islamic republic less people get abducted and torturted :D ) then the shah put up special laws? or do u mean before the shah, the time were iran was a democracy and not a dictatorship?

constantinos kio

9/21/2012 3:50:50 PM

a big bravo to these girls . well done
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