Euro 2012: Iran women banned from Euro 2012 TV events

Published: June 11, 2012

"It is inappropriate for men and women to watch football in theatres together," said Bahman Kargar. PHOTO: AFP


Women in Iran have being banned from watching live public screenings of Euro 2012 because of an ‘inappropriate’ environment where men could become rowdy, said a deputy police commander.

“It is inappropriate for men and women to watch football in theatres together,” said Bahman Kargar. “Men get excited and sometimes utter vulgar curses or tell dirty jokes. Women should thank the police for the ban.” Many among Iran’s hard-line authorities and clerics favour segregation of the sexes and find the mingling of unrelated men and women to be corrupting.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • H
    Jun 11, 2012 - 1:13AM

    I’m just sorry for the one who has prepared this report. Part of the story is true. But who on earth has said that Iranian women are only allowed to travel in the back of public buses!!!! Look at the buses used in the BRT system in Tehran to see who are sitting in the back! Which law says that women should use women-only beaches and parks!!!!! Beaches are segregated only where women want to take their clothes off. We can use whatever parks we wish in our country. My God! Women-only taxi cabs or cars on the metro? I’m using subway everyday! No one has ever forced me to sit in women-only cars! I can sit in whichever car I wish or take any cab I like! These are all but propaganda!!! We are living in an era of communication… One can search Google to see if the nonsense mentioned in this report is true!!Recommend

  • Someone
    Jun 11, 2012 - 8:24AM

    @H: Sadly, this is Express Tribune. The Pakistani equivalent of New York Times (not joking, check the affiliation of the newspaper).


  • yasir
    Jun 11, 2012 - 12:12PM

    instead of being angry with Express Tribune, u guys just look at the fact with a neutral eye. Though Iran govt has some good features but there r certain things which dont differentiate them from the “Rowdy” taliban of Afghanistan. They are as hardliners as the talibans are. But hope as time goes on the intensity of this extremism will fade away and iran will be a truely modern and welfare state.


  • Derek Myles
    Jun 11, 2012 - 8:12PM

    Too right yasir.


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