Iranian Cleric: Women should ride bicycles in their backyard
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Iranian Cleric: Women should ride bicycles in their backyard from Barry Sommer at Islam Today Oregon
The issue of women cycling in public has resurfaced in Iran, with an ayatollah suggesting that they should only ride bicycles in their own backyards.
The ultra-conservative Ayatollah Elm Alhuda, Friday prayer Imam in the holy city of Mashad and a fierce opponent of the scheme, says “It is not a sin for a woman to sit on a bicycle saddle, provided she does so indoors or in her backyard.
But if she cycles in public her movements and posture will lead to corruption and prostitution.”
Furthermore the head of Greater Tehran’s cultural and social committee says the council has already banned women from cycling in the capital, and claims that the mayor of Tehran has agreed to comply with the decision.
Finally, the director of an organization that is in favor of women cycling in Tehran said that half the capital’s population were females and that no Iranian law prevented them from riding bicycles.
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