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Gender segregation under a regime

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 Over the past 2 weeks the fundamentalist regime of Iran has been cracking down on mixed gender gathering, arresting over 247 young people in raids across Iran.

On Thursday 2, the Iranian regimes state media reported that over 70 young men and women were arrested for taking part in a mixed gender party at a restaurant in the Farahzad district in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Earlier in the week, in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran, state security forces raided a mixed-gender party making 62 arrests and transferring the arrestees immediately to prison, according to stated media.

A police raid in the region of Mashhad in northeast Iran resulted in the arrest of over two-dozen young Iranian man and women. The 29 youngsters were arrested on the evening of May 28 at a party at a villa in the Mashhad region.

The 29 young people, consisting of 15 men and 14 women were taken to the regimes court in district 6 of Mashhad on Sunday 5 to face sentencing.

Only a week before, on may 27 dozens of students were flogged after attending a mixed-gender party after a graduation ceremony at a villa near Qazvin, 140 km north-west of Tehran, the young men and women received 99 lashes as punishment by the regimes notorious “Morality police”

Ismaeil Sadeqi Niaraki, a mullah who acts as the prosecutor in the city said on Thursday “After we received information that a large number of men and women were mingling in a villa in the suburbs of Qazvin. All the participants at the party were arrested.

The women who were wearing modest Islamic coverings were described as “half naked” an were found “dancing and jubilating”

The lashings were the latest punishments handed out by the “morality police” in Iran, after police chief Hossein Sajedinia announced the deployment of 7,000 strong undercover morality police force in Tehran to enforce modesty laws.

Mixing between genders is severely restricted in the Islamic republic of Iran and Mr Niaraki said that the case “once again required a firm response by the judiciary in quickly reviewing and implementing the law”.

He added that the judiciary would not tolerate “lawbreakers who use excuses such as freedom and having fun in birthday parties and graduation ceremonies” and that being arrested for attending a mixed gender party would “create problems for their future education and employment”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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