Iran: Dress Like A Woman

Eine neue Kampagne aus dem Iran: Act Like a Man, dress Like a Woman.
Von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Der Hintegrund:

A man dressed in a red dress with a veil on his head was paraded by security forces through the streets of Marivan in the Kurdistan province of Iran on Monday, April 15, 2012. A local court decided this would be the punishment for three men, reportedly found guilty in domestic disputes. The exact circumstances are unclear, but the mere idea of this punishment has angered many.

Women in Marivan held a protest against the sentence on Tuesday, saying it is more humiliating to women than it is to the convicted men. According to one human rights activist, security forces physically attacked protesters [fa]. A video shows women marching through the streets.

Die Reaktion:

Online, several Iranian men have photographed themselves dressed as women as part of a Facebook campaign to say, “Being a woman is not an instrument to punish or humiliate anybody.”

Love Commandos

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Aus Indien berichtet die Global Post über “Love Commandos”:

Started in 2010, the Love Commandos rescue and shelter young couples who face threats from their families because they’ve chosen to defy barriers of caste and religion for the sake of love.

Operating a help line, secret shelters, and a kind of underground railroad for India’s Romeos and Juliets, the Love Commandos rescue and protect couples from their parents, the police and, all too often, the courts — as filing false cases of kidnapping and abduction and even rape is one of the angry parents’ first responses to forbidden love.

Fielding an average of 300 calls a day, so far, the group has helped as many as 30,000 couples to marry.

“It is a war against fundamentalists,” said Sachdeva. “It is a war against orthodox people — whether they are Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians or of any other religion. No religion preaches to hate love.”