An Iranian cleric claims to have been beaten up by a woman after he told her she was not adequately covered, according to media reports.

Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti came across the woman on his way to a mosque in Iran’s northern Semnan province and told her to cover up.

"You, cover your eyes," the woman allegedly responded.

So Beheshti criticized the way the woman was dressed again.

"Not only didn’t she cover herself up, but she also insulted me," he explained to Mehr News. "I asked her not to insult me anymore, but she started shouting and threatening me. She pushed me and I fell to the ground on my back. From that point on, I don’t know what happened. I was just feeling the kicks of the woman who was beating me up and insulting me."

The Iranian government cracked down this year on enforcing the hijab, a female covering that has been mandatory since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said since 2010 that women have the "right to choose" their clothing.

[Muslim girl wearing a hijab via Shutterstock]