Iranian Women Take Off Headscarves To Protest Against Mandatory Hijab Laws
01 February, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Edward Snyder
Young women standing tall and proud on the streets of Iran with their hair uncovered, defiantly waving their discarded headscarves on the end of sticks and in direct violation of the country's strict laws that force women to cover their hair. Photos and videos of five women on social media show them standing in public places with their headscarves hanging on a stick.
The woman, who was arrested January 29 after removing her hijab on a busy street in downtown Tehran, appears to have been inspired by the "Girl of Revolution Street", an unidentified woman who removed her hijab and waved it like a flag over Tehran's Enqelab (Revolution) Street December 27, 2017. This is not the first time women came out in protest of Iran's law for women.
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"Under the Islamic penal code in Iran, any act that is deemed offensive to public decency is punished with a prison term of 10 days to two months, or 74 lashes".
"We are fighting for freedom to choose to wear or not wear hijab", she said. "Let women decide themselves about their own body".
Rouhani said, "Those who think they can decide for Iran's future by resorting to the United Nations Security Council should realize that the Iranian nation will never give up Imam Khomeini's legacy: Islamism and Republicanism".
"But as a woman who grew up in Iran I can tell you it's a big issue".
The video gained momentum during the Iran protests on Twitter, alongside a social media campaign called #whitewednesdays against the law forcing women to wear the hijab has been ongoing.
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