Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Richard Gere, International Sex Symbols
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Iranian President accused of indecencyJenny Booth and agencies
The President of Iran has been accused of indecency after he publicly kissed an elderly woman who used to be his school teacher.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was photographed and filmed by state media stooping to kiss the woman’s hand and then clasping her arms in an embrace, at a ceremony yesterday in honour of Iranian teachers’ day.
According to sharia law, it is forbidden for a man to have any physical contact with a woman to whom he is not related.
While the Iranian president is considered an ultra-conservative in the West, this is not the first time that he and his government have been attacked by hardline elements even further to the right along the political spectrum.
HOLLYWOOD star Richard Gere, ordered arrested by an Indian court for kissing Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, offered a "sincere apology" today for any offence he caused.
Gere's statement came a day after the court issued an arrest warrant against him for "obscene" behaviour for embracing Shetty and planting several kisses on her cheeks during an AIDS awareness event in New Delhi earlier this month.