This is almost too good to be true, but I can’t imagine why the Iranian state media would have made it up. Apparently some hajatolislam encountered a woman he considered inappropriately dressed and ordered her to “cover herself up.” When she told him that he could instead cover his eyes, he repeated the order. She then pushed him to the ground, kicked the crap out of him, and put him in the hospital for three days.

Which reminds me: Whenever I see a poster that says “Violence is not the answer,” I always wonder “What was the question?”

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.