Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 10 - Iran’s Friday Prayers Leader for the city of Urumiyeh (northwest Iran) demanded a harsher crackdown on “mal-veiling” in the Islamic republic.
Hojatolislam Gholamreza Hassani speaking to a state-run news agency accused security forces of acting too softly on women who do not fully cover their hair, calling the issue the root of Iran’s social problems. Iran Focus

Tehran, Jan. 10 - Iran’s Friday Prayers Leader for the city of Urumiyeh (northwest Iran) demanded a harsher crackdown on “mal-veiling” in the Islamic republic.

Hojatolislam Gholamreza Hassani speaking to a state-run news agency accused security forces of acting too softly on women who do not fully cover their hair, calling the issue the root of Iran’s social problems.

“Unfortunately the response by security forces to the issue of mal-veiling is not an effective one and more should be done to combat mal-veiling”, Hassani said.

In response to the public’s demand for greater social freedoms Hassani commented, “What is freedom ... When we pray, we give witness to the fact that the Holy Prophet is the servant of God … Now how can we accept that the prophet was a servant, and at the same time you and I (demand freedom)?”

“We need more Imam Khomeinis in our times and I simply say that I approve Imam Khamenei (Iran’s Supreme Leader) … He has never uttered the word freedom”, Hassani added, when he was questioned about the way in which the clerical state was being run.

“Once upon a time our youths went to the battlefields and were martyred; at that time the youths believed in us. But now not even ten percent of the youths would be prepared to take part if a war was to break out”, Hassani stated when asked about the level of public support the government enjoyed at present.

In his interview Hassani also blasted the divorce rate in Iran saying that the Islamic Republic believed that out of every one hundred marriages only one should lead to a divorce compared to the present rate of six divorces out of every ten marriages.