Iran’s regime tightens its grip on women
The Iranian regime has launched a repressive campaign to “enjoin virtue and prohibit vice” in its latest misogynistic effort. This “chastity and hijab” plan was approved by the regime’s Supreme Security Council in 2005. The mullahs had implemented this oppressive measure for years and had to stop it as they feared intense and widespread public backlash.
Since the plan was implemented, the nefarious “morality police” of the regime has arrested and assaulted dozens of Iranian women under the pretext of “mal veiling.”On June 26, the city’s governor received a letter from Mashhad’s deputy prosecutor requesting that women riding the subways while covered up be prohibited. These actions come in addition to the thugs of the regime attacking women with acid, running them over with cars, and pepper spraying them, as happened the last time some women attempted to enter a stadium to watch a soccer match in Mashhad.
This law has now been reinstated by Iran’s misogynistic regime. But why?
Although misogyny is a fundamental aspect of the regime, the current unrest in Iranian society seems to be the underlying cause of this. The ongoing demonstrations, which have Iranian women at their forefront, have alarmed authorities because they raise the possibility of another sizable uprising like the one in November 2019.
According to a July 8 report by the state-run Fars news agency, Hassan Alidadi-Salimani, the supreme leader’s representative in Kerman, “Today, the veiling is under attack, and those improperly veiled are acting in favor of the enemy’s cultural attack.”
Ghorbaniali Dori Najafabadi, the leader of Friday prayers in the central city of Arak, was quoted by Fars on July 7 as saying, “One of the methods the enemy uses to pursue its sinister objectives is taking women’s chastity and then destroying the family.” But what about the thousands of helpless women and girls who were raped and murdered by Najafabadi or those of his ilk while he was the Minister of Intelligence?
Ahmad Khatami, the leader of the Friday prayers in Tehran, made yet another outrageous comment in which he compared the criminals to innocent women and girls who had been detained on the grounds of improper veiling. Khatami claimed: “Some ask why you care about women’s hair more than corruption. I say we should deal with corruption and mal-veiling concurrently. Many of these women are linked to these corrupt elements.”
Friday Prayer leaders, as the mouthpiece of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, lend legitimacy to Khamenei’s intention to clamp down on society, which became clear when he chose Ebrahim Raisi, an unscrupulous murderer, as president. It is heart-breaking to witness Iran’s gender apartheid. But would doing it help the regime accomplish its objective and maintain its security?
The regime has a traditional view of what a woman’s place in society is, which is limited to caring for children and working in the kitchen. Iranian women have endured the harshest forms of oppression as punishment for defying the regime’s archaic laws. Former MP Mahmoud Sadeghi cautioned the regime on Friday, according to the Debian website, “Our experience shows the more we use Islam to oppress people, the more people distance themselves from the [regime]”.