| 22 May 2024, Wednesday |

Iranian authorities to impose more stringent Hijab laws

Iranian authorities intend to enforce the requirement for women to wear the veil more strictly through video surveillance, according to Iranian media.


Iran’s Etemad newspaper said on Friday that the parliamentary justice committee wants to expand the scope of monitoring already used in road traffic to include public places.


Women will be warned at first, via a text message, in the event of violations, and in the event of a repeat violation, the violations will be punished by imposing a fine on them.


At the beginning of January, Etemad had already published a report on reforms to penalize violations of the Islamic dress code more stringently.


At the time, there was talk of community service assignments, re-education courses, bans on leaving the country, employment restrictions and fines.


For months now, the notorious morality police, who used to patrol the headscarf law, have almost completely disappeared from the streets.


Many women in Iran’s big cities no longer wear the veil. Critics in Iran complain about the lack of social support for the new tightening of laws.


For more than four months, Iranians have been demonstrating against oppressive policies.


A wave of protests had erupted due to the death of the Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in police custody after the morality police had arrested her for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code.


In other news, Reuters reported that social media images purported to be of an emaciated jailed Iranian dissident on hunger strike have caused outrage online as supporters warned on Friday he risks death for protesting the compulsory wearing of the hijab.


Farhad Meysami, 53, who has been in jail since 2018 for supporting women activists protesting against Iran’s headscarf policy, began his hunger strike on Oct. 7 to protest recent government killings of demonstrators, the dissident’s lawyer said.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat