Women should not laugh out loud in public, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said in a speech this week, lamenting the alleged prevalence of “moral corruption” in Turkey.
Speaking during a July 28 gathering for Eid el-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of Ramadan, Arınç described his ideal of the chaste man or woman, saying both should have a sense of shame and honour.
“Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womanizer. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. [The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” Arınç said, adding that people had abandoned these values today.
People need to rediscover the Quran, Arınç said, adding that there had been a regression on moral grounds.
“Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?” he asked.
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Date created : 2014-07-30