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Iranian women’s dressing ‘causing rivers to run dry’: Senior cleric

Tehran: Iran’s senior cleric claimed that Iranian women ‘improper veiling’, immodest western dressing is causing rivers to run dry.

According to, Seyyed Youssef Tabatabi-nejad in a sermon on Friday reportedly said:

“My office has received photos of women next to the dry Zayandeh-rud River pictured as if they are in Europe. It is these sorts of acts that cause the river to dry up even further,” ISNA News Agency reported.

“If you don’t do so, then you will have failed to carry out your duty. The Communications Ministry can discover and suffocate these individuals,” he went on.

“If we see a sin it’s useless that we only bicker about it. The police force can use the [paramilitary] Hezbollahi forces to carry out operations to root out vice,” the cleric added.

His comments has been criticised by the National Council of Resistance of Iran with a member of foreign affairs committee reportedly commenting:

“This reflects the typical mindset of the theocratic regime ruling Iran which is no different to the culture of Daesh (Isis).