Iranian students: Cannes kiss star should be lashed

Iranian actress and member of the Feature films Jury, Leila Hatami arrives for the screening of the film “Jimmy’s Hall” at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 22, 2014. (AFP)

A group of conservative students have requested the flogging of Iranian actress Leila Hatami for her on-the-cheek kiss with the president of the Cannes Film Festival during the opening ceremony, the British daily news website The Telegraph reported.

The group, which is called Hizbullah, has links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. It filed a complaint with Iran’s judiciary for the prosecution of the actress who stars in the Oscar-winning, “A Separation.”

“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,” the group wrote in the petition.

“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,” it added.