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News: Iranian society

IRAN: Senior clerics say women can’t sing

NCRI – Two senior clerics in Qom announced that women cannot sing in Iran.

Nouri Hamedani and Makarem Shirazi in their lectures in Qom protested an album that had songs of a female singer, state-run news agency website Tabnak reported on February 4.

The state TV and radio in Iran never broadcast songs of female singers, but at times CDs with female singers are semi-covertly sold in the market.

Last week an album was produced that had both male and female singers.

Nouri Hamedani said in his lecture: There is no problem with women talking, but “women singing cannot become common and we will stop it”. He continued: it is “religiously forbidden” for women to sing or play musical instruments in front of men.

“Any film, festival, book or music that is in contrast with revolutionary values will be stopped,” he reminded.

Makarem Shirazi, another senior mullah also showed his opposition to women singers in his lecture as a matter that “causes popular discontent”.

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