Outcry in Iran after police punish man by dressing him like a woman

Police dressed a man convicted of battery in Kurdish's woman's clothing. 
 
 
An unusual punishment has shocked many in Iran. On April 15, police paraded a convicted criminal through the northwestern city of Marivan dressed in traditional Kurdish women’s clothing. This has prompted protests in the streets, online, and even in Iran’s parliament.
 
The day after the incident, a local feminist organisation, the Marivan Women’s Community, organised a protest to denounce this punishment -- which was handed down by a local court -- as insulting to Kurdish women. About a hundred men and women attended.
 
 
On Thursday, the movement spread online, via a Facebook page titled “Being a woman is not humiliating and should not be considered punishment.” By Friday, it had gained over 3,800 fans. Men living both inside Iran and abroad have posted photos of themselves dressed as women to express solidarity with the women of Marivan. A few women, too, have posted photos of themselves -- this time, dressed as men.
 
Meanwhile, 17 members of Iran’s parliament have signed a letter sent to the Justice Ministry condemning this sentence as “humiliating to Muslim women.” One MP even spoke up to criticize it during a session of parliament.

“I think the authorities handed out this sentence in Marivan to try to scare a population deemed unruly”

Hiwa lives in Marivan. He took part in Tuesday’s protest.
 
Public humiliation has been used as punishment before in other Iranian cities, but not ours. Personally, though this man was a criminal [Editor's Note: he was convicted on charges of battery and disrupting the public order], I am against public humiliation. However, in this case, it’s the technique chosen to do this that upset me the most. This sentence is insulting to half of our population, that is, all Iranian women.
 
Among those who protested on Tuesday were about a dozen women wearing red dresses, similar to the traditional outfit the guilty man was made to wear. They belonged to the Marivan Women’s Community, which is very active in our region. They fight for women’s rights, for example by protesting against honour killings.
 
Residents of Marivan do not like being mistreated. We often protest to fight for our rights -- more than in most Iranian cities. I think this is in part thanks to the presence of Marivan University, whose students are quite active. For example, they recently organised demonstrations to ask the government to reopen the border with Iraq, which Marivan is close to, in order to boost our region’s economy.
 
As far as I can remember, this is the first time in Iran that a man has been sentenced to being dressed in drag. [Editor’s Note: Along with the man who was paraded through Marivan on April 15, two other men received the same sentence, but in their cases, it has not yet been carried out]. I think that the fact that this happened in Marivan is no coincidence, but rather a way to try to scare a population deemed unruly. However, this has completely backfired!
 

“Being a woman is not something to be ashamed of”

Hajir Sharifi is an Iranian Kurd who lives in Europe. He took part in the Facebook campaign.
 
The fact that a criminal was sentenced to dress like a Kurdish woman is a double insult. Being a woman is not something to be ashamed of, as the Iranian courts would have you believe. And the fact that the dress chosen was a Kurdish one is also insulting to the Kurdish community, which is already stigmatised in Iran.
 
I’m glad members of parliament condemned this sentence, but that’s not enough. The judge who made this call should be punished for this. I also think the MP from Marivan should resign as a sign of protest.
 
 
 
One of the Facebook campaign's participants. 
 
A father poses with his daughter. 
 
This couple exchanged their clothing. 

Comments

The point of the article is

The point of the article is not about how it is for the criminal, it's about the fact that the judge thinks it's okay to dress the man as a Kurdish woman, which is in fact demeaning to Kurdish women specifically (since it was a traditional Kurdish woman's attire worn by the criminal) and to all women in general.

In the earliest of days, men played all the roles of women in plays. The entire world over has long known of Shakespeare and that the roles were played by men, and thus men dressed in women's clothes. Their sexuality was never in question. They were completely accepted.

This says to the public that this judge believes that it is okay to demean someone by demeaning an entire gender.

He could have picked many other embarrassing means of demeaning the man, but he did not.

That would say to me, and most of the world, that the judge has no respect for women, and that if he is "married," that his wife fears him, or else we would have heard the story of her public outrage, or that she was arrested for slapping the crap out of his face.

Who cares what Allah wore? Aren't all deities neither man nor woman? They merely take a form that man can understand. And since robes, or what we'd call dresses by our way of thinking, were worn by all people so long ago, how does anyone say that any prophet of any belief dressed like a woman? They all wore the same clothes.

Sometimes, I fail to see the logic or point in some of the comments because they stray from the fact that women were belittled by having a criminal dress as a woman.

End of story. Doesn't have a thing to do with Islam or any religion. It's about open bias and discrimination being twisted into punishment that punishes more than just the criminal.

Dressing as a Woman

Though clearly humiliating to me it appears much, much better than x-number of lashings, amputating a body-part, blinding, 'pithing' (paralyzing by severing the spinal cord) or even death by stoning !

Now I Understand

I have often heard it repeated by Muslims that Muhammad the Messenger of Allah was a supporter of women's rights, a male feminist, a Mangina. It's a matter of record he only received revelations from the Angel Gabriel when he was adorned in his child bride Aisha's garments. I had no idea he was so progressive, to be ahead of the curve. He wasn't some sick puppy in drag but a proponent of identity politics. Wow, that so neat. Now all the Musselmen can justify slipping into their wives panties and emulate the Perfect Man. Support Our Sisters with a Wedgie Twister.

Now I understand

Hi Biff,

I think there are a lot of misconception in your understanding of Islam. It would be better if you let go of your prejudices. Then, go to learn Islam from a truly knowledgeable source where fallacies will not be portrayed as truth to you!!! Then, judge on your own!!!:)

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