Teheran plans separate playing grounds in parks for
Sept 13, Teheran (dpa) - Teheran plans to separate the playing grounds
for girls in parks, the daily Iran reported Wednesday.
The decision was taken by the Teheran City Council, the daily said.
The government newspaper, which is close to President Mohammad Khatami,
criticised the decision and said that the council has not properly evaluated
the pros and cons of this ``sexual separation'' in public venues.
The separation in the parks is the latest scheme in this regard. Before
that, a plan was prepared to allow only female teachers at girls' schools.
The separation plan in buses was first implemented in Iran some ten
years ago when women used the rear and men the front seats of the buses.
A plan to impose separation for taxis however failed.
The separation system in Islamic Iran is also implemented at wedding
ceremonies at public venues, such as hotels or restaurants, where the groom
has to host the male guests in one hall and the bride the female guests
in another. A separation plan for movie theatres and fanfares however failed.