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Iran's Parliament Returns Hijab Bill to Guardians Council

December 8, 2023
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Mousa Ghazanfarabadi, the head of the legislature’s Judiciary and Legal Commission, said the lawmakers had addressed the objections raised by the Guardians Council and the Supreme Supervisory Board of the Expediency Council concerning the proposed law
Mousa Ghazanfarabadi, the head of the legislature’s Judiciary and Legal Commission, said the lawmakers had addressed the objections raised by the Guardians Council and the Supreme Supervisory Board of the Expediency Council concerning the proposed law

The Iranian parliament submitted a revised version of the controversial Chastity and Hijab bill to the Guardians Council for review.

Mousa Ghazanfarabadi, the head of the legislature’s Judiciary and Legal Commission, said the lawmakers had addressed the objections raised by the Guardians Council and the Supreme Supervisory Board of the Expediency Council concerning the proposed law.

In October, the Guardians Council returned the bill to parliament due to "ambiguities" in the legislation, which proposes extensive penalties for women opposing wearing the mandatory hijab.

The lawmakers had approved the first draft of the bill on September 20.

All women in Iran must conceal their hair with a hijab and wear loose fitting trousers under their coats while in public, but many have flouted the rule over the years and pushed the boundaries of what officials say is acceptable clothing.

The September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini, who died while in custody for allegedly wearing her headscarf improperly, sparked monthslong protests and a new wave of defiance among women across the country.

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