Iran Woman Beats Cleric Who Told Her to Cover Up

He's hospitalized for 3 days: report
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2012 7:15 AM CDT
Updated Sep 23, 2012 8:20 AM CDT
Veiled Iranian women make their way in an alley after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – En route to a local mosque, an Iranian cleric saw a woman he believed was inappropriately dressed, so he warned her to cover up. "You, cover your eyes," she replied, instead putting her dukes up and giving him a shove. "I fell on my back on the floor,” the cleric said, according to a state news report obtained by Bloomberg. “I don’t know what happened after that, all I could feel was the kicks of this woman who was insulting me and attacking me." He was hospitalized for three days, but he says "commanding right and forbidding wrong" is a religious obligation and he'd do it again. He does call the incident "the worst day of my life." (Read more Iran stories.)

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