01 August, 2014 / Shawwal 4, 1435

‘Too beautiful’

Updated Aug 25, 2013 08:05am

NINA Siahkali Moradi, an Iranian woman who won the city elections of Qazvin, has been disqualified on the grounds that she was ‘too beautiful’ for the post.

Nina, a 27-year-old graduate student of architecture, had got 10,000 votes in the city election in June placing her 14th out of the 163 candidates, granting her a standby seat in the city council.

Despite that, election officials disqualified her on the grounds that she was ‘too beautiful’ and that she was ‘not observing Islamic codes’.

“We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” said one senior official in Qazvin, explaining the decision to the local press. The official added that her election-campaign posters were the basis for her disqualification.

However, the election-campaign posters of Nina showed her in a hijab without even a single hair being on display. But for Qazvin’s religious groups, the posters were considered too racy.

Nina has found her political career cut short after religious conservatives overturned her election to the city council in Qazvin, the ancient capital of the Persian Empire, northwest of Tehran.

Under the slogan ‘Young ideas for a young future’, she demanded more rights for women in Qazvin, Her liberal stance appeared to strike a chord with the electorate.

In a letter to the governor of Qazvin, a coalition of religious groups condemned Ms Moradi’s ‘vulgar and anti-religious posters’, which they said breached Islamic law. The complaint was challenged, but in the end she was disqualified for not ‘observing Islamic norms’.

When I read the story of her disqualification, I wondered whether beauty was a crime or a sin! Every human being likes beauty in nature and admires everything beautiful but not so in Iran where mullahs defeated nature.

Now mullahs seem to be imposing their will on others which is absolutely unfair and unjust.

ISRAR SINDHI
Islamabad

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Comments (3) (Closed)


Khaled
Aug 25, 2013 02:45pm

The 'mullahs' should have the heart to appreciate and praise the Creator for HIS spreading beauty around the universe, and be thankful to the Creator for bestowing this planet with beautiful humans; which is one good reason for our stay in the world.

Tariq K Sami
Aug 25, 2013 10:16pm

Hmm.Mullahs have a point. She certainly has an unfair advantage. But more importantly would the city council be able to function her beauty being more than a distraction.

Lala Lahori
Aug 26, 2013 05:05am

Haha haha. A good laugh after a long time. May the half witted mullahs, provide us with more jokes. Long live the mullahs.