Tue, May 16, 2006 - Page 14 News List

New dress code for Iranians?

Women in traditional dress protest in support of strict enforcement of the Islamic dress code.
穿著傳統服飾的女性群起抗議,支持嚴格實施伊斯蘭服飾準則。 (照片:歐新社)


The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has called for an Iranian dress code for men and women alike, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) has reported.

Ahmadinejad made the announcement earlier this month while he was on a visit to an Iranian textile exhibition. The ISNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying that Iran should get experts to create a national dress code. The president said that the new outfits should have a variety of forms and colors, but should not be expensive.

"When we say 'Iranian dress code,' we do not only refer to women, but also to men," the president was quoted as saying.

The Iranian parliament has raised the issue of a national dress code several times. It is intended to help replace the current Western-style clothes that some people prefer with more traditional Islamic-style clothing.

Iran plans to make women wear Pakistani- or Indian-style gowns, but it is still unclear what the national outfit for men might look like.

Since 1979, Iran has had a law that all women must have their bodies and hair covered while out of the house. Women who do not obey that rule can be arrested.

In April, the police hinted that they would step up their efforts to enforce the rule, but Ahmadinejad rejected that as unnecessary, saying that women already respected Islamic dress. (DPA)







警方在四月時暗指,他們會努力加強執法,不過艾馬丹加則認為沒這個必要,伊朗女性已相當尊重伊斯蘭服飾。 (德通社/翻譯:賴美君)

Reading Comprehension

1. Ahmadinejad has called for a dress code for Iranian ...

a. men.

b. women.

c. men and women.

2. Who would design the new dress code?

a. The people of Iran.

b. Experts.

c. The government.

3. Under the new dress code ...

a. men would wear gowns.

b. men would wear scarves.

c. it hasn't been decided what men would wear.

4. Ahmadinejad recently said that Iranian women ...

a. must be arrested for not obeying the dress code.

b. respect Islamic dress.

c. should not expose any part of their bodies while outside.

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