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Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be "convinced" to undergo sterilization to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said Sunday.Last week, when images of homeless men and women sleeping in open graves outside Tehran shocked Iranian society, a cartoonist said on social media that the women must be sterilized because they give birth to children with "weak genes".The controversy quickly turned into a political football with conservative media accusing Shahindokht Molaverdi, vice president for women's affairs, of advocating the sterilization of homeless women -- which she denies.Last week the haunting images of dozens of homeless people living in empty graves in a town outside Tehran caused social media users and celebrities to react with expressions of alarm and sadness.
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