|Women ninjas in Karaj, northwest of Tehran. [Agencies]|
In Iran, where women's rights are severely curtailed, martial arts are an increasingly popular way for women to channel their rage, with the Japanese art of ninjutsu being one of the most popular choices, the Guardian reported.
There are approximately 3,500 female ninja warriors in training in the country.
But purists argue that modern ninjutsu, which came to prominence in the 1970s, is not a martial art at all but a meaningless mishmash of moves and practices that have no connection with the covert arts of war practiced by the true ninjas of ancient Japan.
(China.org.cn February 21, 2012)