I know a lot of Pakistani men have a deep affection for all things
Some recent developments made me appreciate my country a little more, no matter how much we whine, we still have a lot more civil liberties that our neighbours on the west. According to AFP, a major Iranian state-owned company has told its single employees to get married by September or face losing their jobs.
“One of the economic entities in the south of the country has asked its single employees to start creating a family,” the hardline Kayhan daily reported.
The paper did not mention the name of the company but the reformist Etemad newspaper said that the firm is the Pars Special Economic Energy Zone Company — which covers
“Unfortunately some of our colleagues did not fulfill their commitments and are still single,” Etemad quoted the company’s directive as saying.
“As being married is one of the criteria of employment, we are announcing for the last time that all the female and male colleagues have until September 21 to go ahead with this important and moral religious duty.”
The country is in the midst of an unprecedented moral crackdown which has seen tens of thousands of women warned by the police for dress deemed to be unIslamic.
However officials have lamented the relatively low numbers marrying in recent years, a trend encouraged by a difficult economic situation where newly-weds struggle to pay for weddings, let alone buy a home.
In a similar warning, the governor of the eastern
“Officials who are single must marry before being authorised to take up their posts,” the student ISNA news agency quoted Mohammad Hossein Jahanbakhsh as saying.
“A mayor can only take up their responsibilities in a town in the region if they are married,” he added.
What’s next, I ask. You cannot eat what you want; you cannot drink what you want; now you cannot even decide when you want to get married, if at all. What’s next, moral police entering the house and checking if you are sleeping in the prescribed way? I so thank my lucky stars that I do not live under Mehmood Ahmedinijad. No matter how flawed Musharraf-Gilani-Zardari combo is, they don’t get to determine when I marry, if I do marry at all.