Leila Hatami’s peck has been seen by fanatics as an affront to the ‘chastity’ of the Islamic republic’s women. A photograph carried by Iranian media shows Hatami pecking 83-year-old Gilles Jacob at the opening of this year’s festival.
Now Hizbullah Students, a group of university students with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have filed a complaint with Iran’s judiciary for Hatami’s prosecution.
We, the undersigned, who are a group of student Muslim brothers and sisters, ask the cultural and media branch of the judiciary to prosecute Leyla Hatami for her sinful act of kissing a strange man in public, which according to article 638 of Islamic Criminal Justice carries a prison sentence,’ the petition read.
‘Furthermore, the action of this film star has hurt the religious sentiments of the proud and martyrs breeding nation of Iran and as such we also demand the punishment of flogging for her as stipulated in the law.’
Actually the Iranian Islamists are right. She has violated Islamic sharia law and is due a prison sentence. Sad, isn’t it?