[ View the story "Iran acid attacks put 'moral policing' law in question" on Storify] Iran acid attacks put 'moral policing' law in question The Stream looks at the conversations Iranians are having about the recent attacks against women in Isfahan.
The Stream· Wed, Nov 05 2014 17:55:34
Recent reports of acid throwing in Iran have
outside of parliament in the country’s capital of Tehran. At least eight women have fallen victim to the attacks, leaving many to speculate about who is behind them.
Acid attacks in Isfahan, Iranvideosptv
Some believe the incidents are a consequence of newly proposed legislation which empowers citizens to enforce socially conservative practices. Hardliners have
the Rouhani administration of not forcefully implementing the dress code and have
to take matters into their own hands.
@AJStream just before acid attack imam of Isfahan encouraged people to take "preventing vice" further than oral means and take actionNima
perpetrators as assailants on motorbikes who target women they deem “badly veiled”. Officials, however,
the attacks have been random and that some of the victims were from religious families and properly covered, putting the motivation behind the assaults into question.
والا این چند تا مرد (به غلط) نشون دادند که اصفهانی ها منطقشون رو با اسید نشون میدن!
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While authorities have condemned the perpetrators, they maintain that the attacks were not related to poor veiling,
them instead to “anti-social” individuals. Hardliners have openly expressed the view that British intelligence is to blame, referring to the attacks as work of “
”, an expression used to describe, what they say, is Britain’s 'meddling' in Iran.
@AJStream it become really politicized issue in iran, many claim islamist extremist involved, government blame foreign secret services!Nima
President Rouhani publicly
the attacks and vocalised his support for protesters, a move that has further exposed the internal conflict between Rouhani's government and conservative clergy.
Heartbroken to hear about the inhuman #AcidAttacks. My heart goes out to the victims & the brave people of #Isfahan.
@AJStream @HassanRouhani is doing too little, perhaps fearing to antagonise powerful hardlinersBert Jones
@AJStream it's taking place in a backdrop of a power struggle between hardliners and president Rouhani.Bert Jones
In a statement made during a trip near Isfahan, the city where the attacks took place, Rouhani reportedly blasted the proposed law,
“May such a day never come that some lead our society down the path to insecurity, sow discord and cause divisions, all under the flag of Islam.”
The president ordered an immediate investigation by the Interior Ministry:
Minister of Health, Dr. Hashemi, examining a victim of recent #AcidAttacks. Interior ministry ordered to investigate.
Acid attacks are very
in Iran and are typically reactions to refused proposals and personal vendettas. Prior to October’s incidents, the most recent attack occurred in 2004. The perpetrator was convicted under the Sharia practice of “eye-for-an-eye”
, but was later forgiven by the victim.
@AJStream nose for nose eye for eye similarly they should have acid thrown on them that is the only way to stop itamrajaved
Several suspects were arrested in connection to the attacks, but were released due to a lack of evidence against them.
On Wednesday, the National Security Council
a perpetrator was found and would be arrested:
Online, Iranian women have expressed
about walking the streets in Iran. Some are taking measures to shield themselves against potential attacks:
Is this how women in #Iran should roam the streets, with a helmet to avoid an acid attack? #Esfahan ht @masihpooyan
In response to the attacks and to quell fears, two young men filmed themselves giving roses to women walking in the streets:
Stop Acid Attacks مبارزه با اسید پاشیbacheshia135
Netizens worry about the status of women's rights in Iran, pointing to previous examples of marginalisation:
@AJStream they'll have to protect themselves and be careful. Their government won't help them so their security is in their own hands.Muyiwa Oguntoyinbo
@ajstream i dont think so, their freedom is deteriorating evryday #IranianWomen #iranPrince Paul
@AJStream Women in Iran are clearly marginalized & lack rights. Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari & Ghoncheh Ghavami arrest just 2 examplesAlexandra Whitney
@AJStream sent to prison for a year for watching a men's volleyball game ? Who cares ?! It's still a masogonist nation.Randyc
@ajstream The acid attacks are horrific, but the response from various people in #Iran's gov't is what makes it even more upsettingHolly Dagres
@AJStream if the government pushes citizens to a certain behaviour (besides not comitting crimes), it will become self-radicalizing!Netzblockierer
Cartoonist Sasan Khadem offers heartbreaking take on acid attacks terrorizing Isfahan. #StopAcidAttacksOnWomen #VAW