Iranian women protest compulsory cover

Ann Santiago
February 3, 2018

At least three more women ditched their head scarves again on January 30, more than a month after 31-year-old Vida Movahedi's daring but silent plea for greater freedom for tens of millions of women in Iran.

A note under Article 638 of the Iran's Islamic Penal Code stipulates that "Women who appear in public without the Islamic hijab can be sentenced to up to two months in prison and be issued a fine up to 500,000 rials (roughly $13)". "The protest is called "the girls of Revolutionary street" but it cannot be considered as a movement yet because of it's scale and form", Euronews Persian journalist Maryam Toosi said. The videos and photos showed individual women in separate locations in Tehran and Isfahan.

Iranian intelligence agents have arrested a second young woman for removing her hijab in public to protest the country's strict dress code for women, the woman's lawyer told Radio Farda.

Other non-Iranian Muslim women, those who wear the hijab and those who don't, also for an Iranian, pointing out that the mandate is forced by the government and that "there is " according to Islamic teachings.

"The girl from Enghelab Street is being multiplied while blowing a new spirit to the civil-rights struggle and civil disobedience of the Iranian people", dissident journalist and former Culture Ministry official Issa Saharkhiz said in a Twitter post that included an image from Isfahan. A growing number of women, predominantly in Tehran, have begun refusing to wear a hijab while driving, arguing that a auto is a private space where they can dress more freely.

The Girl of Revolution Street has become a symbol of Iranian women's resistance to the compulsory hijab.

"Women show their opposition to such forceful approaches by their very clothing, from resisting covering their hair to wearing long boots and leggings", she wrote in a series of tweets this week.

But even religiously conservative Iranians have voiced support for the protests, with many saying that religious rules should be a personal choice.

"The first demonstrations against the hijab took place a few days after the revolution on March 8, 1979". The unidentified man is seen standing on a metal box while holding a white scarf.

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