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Iranian MP Threatens Harsh Penalties for Hijab Violations

March 25, 2024
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"Regarding public spaces and individuals, those who violate hijab norms, whether intentionally or not, will face legal consequences," he warned on March 24
"Regarding public spaces and individuals, those who violate hijab norms, whether intentionally or not, will face legal consequences," he warned on March 24

Iranian MP Amirhossein Bankipour has said on a state TV program that the Islamic Republic is "resolute about penalizing those who do not adhere to the hijab."

"Regarding public spaces and individuals, those who violate hijab norms, whether intentionally or not, will face legal consequences," he warned on March 24. 

In a previous television interview, he proposed deducting fines directly from the bank accounts of women who do not comply with mandatory hijab laws.

All women in Iran are required to wear a headscarf and loose-fitting trousers under their coats in public.

But a growing number of women have appeared in public without a headscarf since months-long protests erupted in September 2022 following the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, in police custody.

Amini had been arrested in Tehran for allegedly wearing her headscarf "improperly."

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