Two Iranian women have been arrested after a man attacked them with yoghurt for not covering their hair in public. The incident, which was caught on camera, went viral on social media. The judiciary reported that the two women were detained on charges of showing their hair in public, which is illegal in Iran, while the man was held for disturbing the public order. The arrests come after months of protests in the country demanding an end to the compulsory wearing of the headscarf. Not wearing the hijab in public is illegal for women in Iran and those who refuse to wear it face arrest, fines, and violence. The situation remains tense as the Iranian authorities show no sign of relenting on this issue.
The incident has sparked outrage and highlighted the ongoing debate over the compulsory wearing of the hijab in Iran. The video of the attack has circulated widely on social media, with many expressing their disgust at the man’s violent and misogynistic behaviour.
The law requiring women to wear the hijab in public has faced significant backlash in Iranian society, with growing numbers of women defying authorities by discarding their veils in public. This has led to an increase in protests and demonstrations across the country, calling for an end to the mandatory hijab.
In September 2022, the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was detained by morality police in Tehran for allegedly wearing her hijab “improperly”, sparked widespread protests across the Islamic Republic. Thousands have been arrested and four protesters have been executed since then, but the authorities show no sign of relenting.
The recent arrests of the two women in Iran has once again raised concerns about the treatment of women and their rights in the country. The Iranian authorities have consistently defended the compulsory wearing of the hijab as a “religious necessity“, but many argue that it is a violation of women’s rights and a tool for controlling them.
Despite the risks involved, many Iranian women continue to defy the law and openly protest against it. The situation remains tense as the debate over the hijab continues to rage on in Iranian society, with no clear solution in sight.
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