Women-led demonstrations Dubbed “riots” by the authorities, they began after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman, after she was arrested by the morality police for enforcing the Islamic Republic’s strict restrictions on women’s clothing.
The moral police – officially known as Gasht-e Ershad, or “Guidance Patrol” – was created by hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to “promote the culture of modesty and the hijab” – the obligatory head covering for women. Teams began patrolling in 2006.
Iran is considering changes to the hijab law
More and more women in the country are refusing to comply with the requirement
After the death of Amini growing more and more women in Iran are refusing to wear the hijabespecially in the modern northern part of Tehran.
Wearing the hijab became mandatory for all women in Iran in April 1983. – four years after the 1979 revolution that overthrew the US-backed monarchy.
President Ibrahim Raisi said yesterday that Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations are constitutionally strengthened, but there are ways to implement the constitution that can be flexible.
After the introduction of the hijab law and with the change of dress codes it became common to see women wearing skinny jeans and baggy, colorful headscarves.
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In July of this year, however, the ultra-conservative Raisi called for the mobilization of “all state institutions to implement the law on the veil”.
However many women continued to break the rules.
Iran accuses its archenemy, the United States and its allies, including Britain, Israel and Kurdish groups based outside the country, of fueling street violence the government calls “riots”.
Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia, has also employed a moral police force to enforce dress codes and other norms of behavior for women. Since 2016, however, the forces have been disbanded under pressure from the Sunni Muslim kingdom to shed its tough image.