Hijab protests spread in Iran after anti-government demonstrations


Hijab protests spread in Iran after anti-government demonstrations

Iranian authorities show no signs of relenting on the hijab rule, however, and recently added 7,000 undercover agents to the country's morality police to crackdown on women not wearing the hijab properly, Fox News reported.

Around 300 people remain imprisoned as sporadic protests continue across the country, according to Iran's interior ministry. She was detained for a few weeks and then released.

Iranian law has compelled women to wear a hijab since the 1979 revolution, but it has been a hard policy to enforce.

On December 27, a woman later identified as 31-year-old Via Movahed became an global sensation after she stood atop a telecoms box in Tehran's Enghelab Street. Yet a second woman, identified by human rights groups as Narges Hosseini, was arrested on Monday for participating in the protest.

In Iran, women showing their hair in public can be jailed up to two months or fined United States dollars 25. "In all civil-rights protests with similar demands, a permanent result has been reached after a long time by respecting two principles: being [public] and peaceful". However, at least two women have, including one on Monday.

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi said the current acts of defiance were the culmination of years of protests against the hijab. The Islamic dress code which is in place since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 makes hijab or veil a compulsory clothing for home.

Women who violate the country's dress code will be sent to classes on Islamic values instead of being arrested.

Some have posted hijab-less photos on a Facebook page founded by exiled journalist Masih Alinejad, whose call for women to wear white scarves and protest the hijab on Wednesdays appears to have been behind Movahedi's protest.

"This should be seen as part of a larger struggle of Iranian women for equality and to have control over their own bodies, and can even be traced back to women's resistance of forced unveiling during the reign of Reza Shah", said Sussan Tahmasebi, an Iranian women's rights activist. The unidentified man is seen standing on a metal box while holding a white scarf.



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