| 4 December 2023, Monday |

Iran vows crack down on people who promote removing the veil

People who urge women to remove their hijab will face criminal charges and would have no opportunity to appeal any verdict, Iran’s deputy attorney general said on Saturday.

His remarks came as a growing number of women flout Iran’s mandatory clothing code by appearing uncovered in malls, restaurants, stores, streets, and other public places.

Several female celebrities and activists have also released images of themselves without the veil on social media in recent months.

Iranian police on Saturday installed cameras in public places to identify and penalise unveiled women, Iranian media reported. Police announced the plan last week.

“The crime of promoting unveiling will be dealt with in the criminal court whose decisions are final and unappealable,” the semi-official Mehr News quoted deputy attorney general Ali Jamadi as saying.

“The punishment for the crime of promoting and encouraging others to remove the hijab is much heavier than the crime of removing the hijab itself, because it is one of the clear examples of encouraging corruption,” he added.

He did not say what the punishments might be or what exactly entails promoting unveiling.

A growing number of Iranian women have been ditching their veils since the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman while in custody of the morality police last September. Mahsa Amini had been detained for allegedly violating the hijab rule. Security forces violently put down the protests following her death.

Videos of unveiled women resisting the morality police have flooded social media.

  • Reuters