Hizbullah Students, a student organization with ties to Iran's revolutionary guard, has filed a report with the courts against Iranian actress Leila Hatami for kissing Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes Festival, on the cheek, suggesting she should receive "public flogging" for violating Sharia Law.
Guilty of breaking the crime of "kissing a strange man," Hatami faces 50 public lashes. Hizbullah Students has written in the following petition:
We, the undersigned, who are a group of student Muslim brothers and sisters, ask the cultural and media branch of the judiciary to prosecute Leyla Hatami for her sinful act of kissing a strange man in public, which according to article 638 of Islamic Criminal Justice carries a prison sentence. Furthermore, the action of this film star has hurt the religious sentiments of the proud and martyrs breeding nation of Iran and as such we also demand the punishment of flogging for her as stipulated in the law.