Iran Cracks Down on Male-Female Ski Slope ‘Offenses’

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The religious radicals who rule Iran have stepped up their enforcement of male-female separation on the ski slopes, dispatching units to enforce segregation laws high up in the mountains.

Tehran religious police have been deployed to the ski-slopes of the Elburz mountains to ensure men and women are not committing “immoral offenses,” as the sexes are provided separate areas for leisurely activities. But while men get their own area, women must still be accompanied by an immediate male relative, the The Telegraph reports.

General Hossein Sajadina has had enough when it comes to violations of the Islamic mandate, and has trained females to act as undercover operatives in hopes to bring non-hijab wearers to justice.

“This year we have sent a number of women officers to learn how to ski so they can carry out their vigilante duties of dealing with women who defy the Islamic hijab and those members of the public who play loud music while mixing with the opposite sex or commit sexual harassment,” he commented, according to the Telegraph report.

Men and women had previously taken to the mountains as a way to escape from the strict Islamic rule within Iran, according to the report, which says that some rogue women even dare to partially “push back their veils” while visiting the slopes.

As one Facebook commenter explained: “The closer one gets to the mountains, the less one feels the grip of the regime and its social restrictions.”

Just last week, the Mullahs implemented a mixed-gender hiking ban in the city of Isfahan, warning that the two sexes engaging in leisurely activity is “an affront to the religious and revolutionary values of the Islamic Republic.”

Ever since the 1979 Islamic revolution that saw the Ayatollah rise to power, women have had virtually no independent rights inside of the country.

Beforehand, women were free to dress as they would like and intermingle with males.

Now, women are forced to adhere to an Islamic dress code. They can choose between attire that resembles a trench coat (rooposh), or in a more religious area, a complete veil (chador), which is akin to wearing a hooded garbage bag, leaving only one’s face in view.

Additionally, women began to be married off at the age of 9 (now, the legal age is 13). Over 40,000 girls under the age of 15 are forcibly married off each year inside Iran, and sometimes, their suitors are more than double their age.


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