Cleric: Unveiled women burn men to ash

And, he says, they should be punished like thieves and murderers.

Published April 10, 2008 7:30PM (EDT)

I bring you Broadsheet's appalling quote of the day, courtesy of Hojatolislam Seyyed Ahmad Elmalhoda, an influential cleric who leads Friday prayers in Mashad, Iran. He had this to say about unveiled women:

This situation is very serious in that if men see these bad women, they will turn into beasts, and then the whole of society will have to pay the consequences ... Respecting the chador is the law of the state and the authorities must severely punish anyone who does not respect this law, in the same way that they punish thieves and murderers. A women who does not wear the entire veil is like a fire which burns anyone who comes into contact with her. Our youth, even those who are educated by families who believe and respect the words of the Prophet, when they come into contact with this fire [the women who are not properly veiled] they burn and become ash.

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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