A video by an Iranian activist shows a crowd in the Islamic Republic cheering as a woman was dragged across a road and beaten.
Her crime, according to the activist, Masih Alinejad, was dancing and not wearing the Islamic hijab required by law for any female older than 13, DailyMail.com reported.
Robert Spencer, director of the website Jihad Watch, commented the woman is among the “real feminists, who are taking actual risks to stand up for women’s rights.”
“Meanwhile, Leftist feminists in the West are donning the hijab, the symbol of oppression against which these Iranian women are rebelling, in order to show solidarity with women who they claim are oppressed in the West for wearing the hijab. The real oppression is elsewhere,” he wrote.
The video shows the woman in the city of Rasht, on Iran’s Caspian Sea coast, standing by a busy road as she is jeered by men. A few of the men approached her, and one grabbed her around the head and forced her to the ground. The man then took hold of her ankles and dragged her over the asphalt, prompting a cheer from the crowd of men.
When she stood up, the man hit her in the face, knocking her down. The woman shrieked throughout the attack as men laughed.
The video cut to her walking away, visibly traumatized by the ordeal.
DailyMail.com explained that Iran’s Islamic dress code, implemented after Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution, requires women to be covered from head to toe. Violations can result in fines and up to two months in prison.
President Hassan Rouhani previously has said it’s not the job of Iranian police to enforce Islamic rules. But DailyMail.com noted that in April 2016, officials said there were 7,000 undercover morality police reporting infractions such as “bad hijab,” meaning dress that does not conform to Islamic law, or Shariah.
Meanwhile, tensions between Iran and the United States remain high amid accusations by President Trump that the Islamic Republic carried out bomb attacks on tankers near the Persian Gulf.
Bloomberg reported a U.S. Navy investigator on Wednesday presented what he described as evidence that Iran was behind an attack on the Japanese-operated ship Kokuka Courageous.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained to reporters Tuesday after a closed meeting commanders at CENTCOM headquarters in Tampa, Florida, why the U.S. is engaged in a pressure campaign against Iran.
“This isn’t just two and a half years or five years. This is 40 years of Iranian activity that has led to this point,” he said.
“We are there to deter aggression. President Trump does not want war.”