Iranian regime intensifies crackdown on mandatory hijab for women
The regime has urged business owners and department heads to deny services to those who do not comply with the hijab law while branding anyone who opposes it as a criminal. The mullahs have intensified their measures against opponents of the mandatory hijab, shutting down businesses that served them and preventing access to airports and historical sites.
By the end of March, the regime’s parliament had finalized its plan to address the issue of women’s hijab, and the Ministry of Interior issued an instruction requiring all women to observe the compulsory veil. Various ministries and authorities subsequently announced measures to prevent women from accessing services or entering public places without covering their hair. Office employees have also been required to follow the Hijab even outside of the workplace.
The head of the Judiciary has also announced that individuals who fail to wear the Hijab will be prosecuted without leniency, as removing the hijab is considered an act of enmity towards the state and its values. Various members of parliament have called for strict punishments with executive guarantees for those who do not comply with the law, saying that “Removing the veil is a complex plan designed by enemies to destabilize the country and disrupt social order.”
Women who refuse to wear the mandatory hijab face flogging and arrest. A nurse from Qom was sentenced to 148 lashes, eight months in prison, and a two-year dismissal from government and public services for not observing the mandatory hijab. In another incident, a video from CCTV cameras at a dairy store in Shandiz city of Mashhad was published on social networks on March 31. The footage showed a plainclothes agent emptying a bucket of yogurt on the heads of two women who had entered the store for shopping but were not covering their hair.
The regime’s crackdown on women who oppose the compulsory veil comes at a time when many Iranians are struggling to access basic necessities, and the government has failed to pay teachers’ salaries. The disproportionate fines imposed for violating the Hijab law and the lack of effective measures to stop chemical attacks on girls’ schools highlight the regime’s priorities and its misogynistic nature.
Iranian women have defied the regime’s coercion in various ways over the past 44 years and understand that women’s rights can only be achieved by overthrowing the mullahs’ inhuman regime.
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