Iran's clampdown on women protesting against hijab undermines autonomy and dignity

04 February, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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"Authorities know that if they don't crack down, Iranian women will continue to test the boundaries of what they can and cannot wear".

Covered woman wearing chador and hijab downtown Tehran.

Masih Alinejad, the Iranian activist behind the "White Wednesday" social media campaign against mandatory hijabs, who is now based in the United States, told CNN that the movement has not been influenced from overseas.

On Wednesday, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, Iran's chief prosecutor, had denounced the protests as "childish", suggesting that individuals from outside Iran are inciting the movement.

This was not the first time that Iran has alleged the involvement of a foreign hand behind the nation-wide protests taking place in the country against corruption and a failing economy.

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Women across Iran are removing their headscarves to fight back against the required Islamic dress code, with videos and photos on social media showing women waving their hijabs.

"We are fighting against the most visible symbol of oppression", said Alinejad, who also hosts the website My Stealthy Freedom.

The protests appear to imitate the actions of a 31-year-old protester identified as Vida Movahed, who took off her hijab on the same street in Tehran in December. Social media has been flooded with the images and videos of the demonstration.

Another viral video shows an elderly lady who - in solidarity with the protestors - climbs a fountain base, takes off her white headscarf and waves it with her walking stick.

Alinejad added that mandatory headscarf laws are also insulting to men, as they presume men are incapable of controlling their sexual urges when they see uncovered women.

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Morality police once rigidly enforced the rules, but are a much less common sight since President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013, promising greater civil liberties.

In recent months, enforcement of the law banning the hijab has been relaxed.

The women have been accused of public order offences and referred to the state persecutor's office. "This is why. girls of Enghelab Street are putting their headscarves on a stick".

Soheila Jolodarzadeh, a female member of the Iranian parliament, said the protests were the result of longstanding restrictions.

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