Award-winning Iranian actress Leila Hatami has been reported to her country’s courts for a public flogging for breaking Islamic laws after kissing Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes Film Festival, on the cheek. (Scandalous!) According to the website run by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the punishment for “kissing a strange man” carries a maximum sentence of 50 lashes. According to Iran’s Islamic Law, unrelated men and women cannot embrace in public. She was also chastised for not covering her hair. In asking for more than jail time, Hizbullah Students organization groups declared, “the action of this film star has hurt the religious sentiments of the proud and martyrs breeding nation of Iran and as such we also demand the punishment of flogging for her as stipulated in the law.” Meanwhile, conservative media in Iran has said the kiss “was an affront to the chastity of women in Iran.”
It is so ridiculous you want to just laugh until you read about actual instances of women being persecuted for such incidents.
Every day I see a women in a burkah or hijab here in Los Angeles and wonder – do these women know they are betraying their sisters abroad who do not have the liberty of saying FUCK YOU TO THE REGIME???