Women's Rights

Iranian Girls Give Cleric a Thumping After He Hassles Them Over Attire

He should know better than to criticize a woman's appearance


They may be a far cry from their Western counterparts fighting for the acceptance to breast-feed—or go topless—in public, but two girls clobbered a cleric recently in a small town in Iran when he admonished one of them to cover herself more completely.

The cleric said he asked "politely," but the girl's angry reaction and some pugilistic double-teaming with her friend landed the holy man in the hospital, according to an account Monday in the semiofficial Mehr News Agency.