More Iranian women join protest against forced hijab code

More Iranian women join protest against forced hijab code

More Iranian women join protest against forced hijab code

"But now ... I think the government of Iran, they have the fear of these fearless women", founder Masih Alinejad CBC Radio on Wednesday.

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.

Women across Iran have been removing their headscarves in public to protest Iran's strict Islamic dress code.

Iran has cracked down on women violating its compulsory headscarf decree, arresting at least 29 individuals, according to Iranian media, and drawing criticism from activists and rights groups.

Holly Dagnes, an Iranian-American analyst told Al Jazeera that authorities in the country are "very much aware" of public disdain for hijab laws.

Iran's dress code dictates that women's hair and body must be covered in public and the country's morality police launch regular crackdowns on those who are not fully respecting rules relating to the hijab. "We imposed restrictions on women and put them under unnecessary restrains".

According to the Guardian, Iranian officials accused Alinejad, who works for the United States government-funded media organ Voice of America, of receiving money from foreign governments to fund her campaign.

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. In the past, women who allowed their hijab to slip could be admonished by the religious police, but these forces have been less prominent under the regime of President Hassan Rouhani.

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.

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

Police said the women were "tricked" into removing their hijabs by a propaganda campaign spread by Iranians living overseas, the Tasnim news agency reported.

People have been sharing images of women standing on top of utility boxes waving their hijabs on sticks with the hashtag #GirlsOfRevolutionSt, as a tribute to 31-year-old Vida Mohaved, the woman who initiated the protest in Tehran's Enghelab Street and was arrested for it in December 2017.

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