Posted by: bahareiran | July 4, 2011

Top cleric bans women from watching wrestling and swimming on TV

Seyed Ahmad Khatami, a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts who is also a pro-government cleric said in his latest remarks that women have no right to watch swimming or wrestling competitions which is broadcasted from Iranian state-run television.

“I want to stress that it is forbidden for women to look on to men [that are not related to them]. Women have no right to watch the wrestling that is shown on TV. This is an affirmation of the Fatwas of the clerics. They have no right to watch swimming that is put on TV. If women watch male swimmers, this is forbidden. Supreme clerics have stipulated this”, he said.

“Do not say, well why are these things shown on TV? Not everyone is supposed to watch everything on TV.  When wrestling is put on [TV}, a lady who is watching should not look”, he added. (Daneshju News – Jun. 30, 2011)

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