The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claimed on Wednesday to have the “solution” to the problem of sexual assault exposed by the #MeToo movement. Using his official social media account, Khamenei wrote, “The disaster of countless sexual assaults on Western women — including incidents leading to #MeToo campaign — and Islam’s proposal to resolve it.” The message then linked to a video of Khamenei giving a speech at last March’s International Women’s Day, in which he introduced the Islamic solution to prevent abuse against women — the hijab. Khamenei stated, “By introducing [the] hijab, Islam has shut the door on a path that would pull women towards such deviation.”
So, in other words, forcing women to cover themselves with the hijab will “solve” the problem of sexual assault and harassment. Isn’t this a classic example of blaming the victim? Secondly, does this not remove all responsibility from men to control their own behavior? “It was her fault I sexually assaulted her, officer, because she failed keep herself appropriately covered up.” Yeah, that sure sounds like the “solution” to the problem.
No word, however, from American leftists about Islamic oppression of women.
Ironically, just days prior to Khamenei giving advice to the West, Iran executed a 24-year-old woman for murdering her husband. She was a child bride who had confessed under duress, but then told a judge that her husband really had been murdered by his brother, who she also said had raped her several times. But what is the word of a woman worth in Iran?
Well, according to a UN report, under Iran’s Islamic penal code, “A woman’s testimony in a court of law is regarded as half that of a man’s.” So, by this logic, it would take the testimony of two women to equal that of one man. Now that sounds like a system of misogynistic jurisprudence. If American leftists truly believe that our justice system is unjust, a cursory look around the world should disabuse them of that notion.