Iran: A woman is accused of ‘insulting’ the Muslim veil

A short video shows a woman throwing her headscarf to the ground during elections for Tehran’s civil engineering organization.

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published on 02/18/2023 at 17:31

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Especially in big cities, more and more Iranian women are seen bareheaded in public. JULIETTE BRUYNSEELS / AFP

An Iranian woman has been charged with “insulting” the Muslim veil after throwing her headscarf on the floor at a public event. “A lawsuit was filed against a lady for insulting the hijab during the elections of the Tehran Civil Engineering Organization,” Tasnim news agency reported.

A short video of the incident, which has gone viral and was published by Hamshahri, a local newspaper in Tehran, shows a woman exiting a stage and throwing her headscarf on the floor to applause from the community.

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Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian law has required all women to wear a veil that covers their head and neck and conceals their hair. Iran is rocked by protests sparked by the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. This young Kurd had been arrested by the Morality Police for allegedly violating the dress code for women.

After the protests began, more and more women were seen bareheaded in public, especially in large cities, or their headscarves were removed during demonstrations. But few are being prosecuted by the judiciary, which announced on January 10 that it intends to reinstate a law that would impose severe sanctions – such as banishment – on people who do not comply with the obligation to wear the veil.

In recent months, the justice system has closed several cafes, restaurants and pharmacies to welcome unveiled customers.