New Hijab Plan with heavy financial punishments proposed by Iranian mullahs’ parliament
On March 26, 2023, Mullah Hossein Jalali presented the details of a new Hijab Plan to be proposed to the mullahs’ parliament for adoption. The member of the parliament from Rafsanjan and Anar claimed that the new plan would be better than in the past, and it would not entail physical confrontation with women who do not observe the veil.
The new plan includes financial punishments ranging from half a million to three million tomans, cancellation of driver’s licenses and passports, ban on Internet use, etc. The clerical regime’s agencies in charge of enforcing the mandatory Hijab would monitor seven groups of places, including inside vehicles, public places and restaurants, government offices and departments, educational centers and universities, airports and terminals, cyberspace, celebrities, and in the streets and public thoroughfares.
According to Hossein Jalali, the government should propose the bill within a couple of weeks to be adopted by the parliament, and it would be implemented through an intelligent system, with no physical confrontations. There will be fines issued for those who breach the Hijab rules, and those individuals with websites, social media channels, or many followers and members who could not use the Internet.
The new plan has been proposed while more than 80 percent of the Iranian populace live under the poverty line and fetch their food from garbage bins. Notably, the bill to prevent violence against women has not been adopted after 11 years.
The compulsory veil is one of the pillars of the mullahs’ dictatorial rule. The regime suppresses society and imposes repressive rules by cracking down on women. Undermining the mandatory Hijab undermines the regime’s Islamic identity and raison d’etre. However, Iranian women have defied the regime’s coercion in any way they could over the past 44 years. They realize there is no coercion in Islam and that wearing the Hijab is a free choice for women, not a compulsory obligation.
The new Hijab Plan with heavy financial punishments is likely to backfire against the regime. The Iranian people are already struggling with poverty and economic hardship, and this new plan will only worsen their situation.
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