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Pressure Mounts on Opponents to Forced Hijab Ahead of Amini Anniversary

August 3, 2023
1 min read
The Iranian government is intensifying measures to suppress opponents of mandatory headscarf rules, as the one-year anniversary of Masha Amini’s death in police custody draws near
The Iranian government is intensifying measures to suppress opponents of mandatory headscarf rules, as the one-year anniversary of Masha Amini’s death in police custody draws near
Judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi has recently announced that over 2,200 hijab-related cases have been filed over the past four months, with 825 convictions
Judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi has recently announced that over 2,200 hijab-related cases have been filed over the past four months, with 825 convictions

The Iranian government is intensifying measures to suppress opponents of mandatory headscarf rules, as the one-year anniversary of Masha Amini’s death in police custody draws near.

Judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi has recently announced that over 2,200 hijab-related cases have been filed over the past four months, with 825 convictions.

And on August 1, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that "responsible agencies" will deal with those who promotie “nudity." 

Vahidi emphasized that such behavior will be considered acts of "lawlessness” and will have “consequences."

Parliament has taken a hard-line stance on the matter in recent months, amending the government's Hijab and Chastity bill from 15 articles to 70.

Hard-line lawmakers and Friday imams have called for harsher measures against those opposing mandatory hijab, including "flogging" or revoking licenses of businesses which fail to enforce mandatory headscarf laws.

Political figures, lawyers and the media have opposed such measures.

Azar Mansouri, head of the Reform Front political group, has criticized the Hijab and Chastity Bill, arguing that people should have the right to choose their clothing freely.

Former President Mohammad Khatami called on the government to recognize that a significant portion of society opposes compulsory hijab.

Despite the government’s pressure on the population to abide by the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, images of women walking in public spaces are widely shared on social media.

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